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All About Biotin

August 26th, 2014

Biotin for Hair GrowthAll about Biotin

Biotin has become a well-known word in the hair community, specifically when it comes to hair growth. This is because many studies have researched and tested biotin and its effects on the body, and the data shows there are a lot of benefits humans receive from ingesting biotin—hair growth being one of them. So what is biotin, and what else does it do for the body? Read on to find out.

What is Biotin?

Simply put, Biotin is a vitamin, part of the B-complex vitamin family, usually known as B7 and Vitamin H. It is water-soluble, meaning it dissolves in water, making for easy consumption; but this also means it’s easily diminished, and the body will need to replenish it. Luckily, biotin deficiency is rare in the majority of the human population. Unless born with a genetic mutation, or on antibiotics, most people do not need to worry about lacking biotin in the body. We get most of it in daily meals.

Many foods are a good source of biotin: egg yolks, fish, bread, milk, organ meats, peanut butter, poultry, the list goes on. However, notice the egg “yolks”; egg whites do not contain biotin, so if you eat them for your cholesterol, you can choose one of the many other foods to get biotin in the body. How much biotin the average human body needs varies from person to person, but overall the quantity is small. You may be wondering why you need all this biotin in the first place, and in fact, how your body makes great use out of it.

What Does the Body Use Biotin For?

The body uses biotin for many functions in the body. You can consume it as a supplement/pill, but as discussed, this isn’t necessary for people with a pretty good diet. Biotin is known as a “fat burner” because is plays a role in the metabolism of fats, amino acids, proteins, and carbs, but it also plays a role on smaller scales. Biotin is necessary for cell growth and replication, plays a part in the metabolic reactions that transfer carbon dioxide throughout the body, maintains a steady blood sugar level, and plays a role in the citric acid cycle, a process that generates the biochemical energy that keeps us breathing naturally.

You may also notice a change in the health of your hair, skin, and nails if you’re missing biotin in your diet. Brittle hair, dry skin, muscular pain, and nausea are some of the symptoms of biotin deficiency. As noted, biotin deficiency is rare, and these symptoms can happen from disease too. However, the main use for biotin intake these days is its ability to fight progressive hair loss, treatment of alopecia, and even premature graying.

Health benefits

There are a great amount of health benefits associated with ingesting biotin, or even applying it topically. Some of these have been discussed, but we’ll go into a little more detail:

-          Skin care – Maintaining healthy skin and hair isn’t a terribly difficult task to achieve. However, if your bodily health has dropped recently, or you notice you suffer from dry skin, adding some extra biotin to your diet isn’t a bad idea.

-          Body Tissues – Interestingly enough, biotin plays a role in growing and maintaining muscle tissues. That’s why a lack of biotin can lead to muscular pain, and probably why it’s good to eat bananas after going to the gym. In addition to muscle tissue, biotin helps to ensure the functioning of nervous system tissues, and the growth of bone marrow.

-          Metabolism – As mentioned, biotin helps the body metabolize fats, amino acids, proteins, and carbs, and plays a part in many other metabolic processes. Moreover, some people use biotin to help with weight loss or to regulate their weight, and consume foods rich in biotin to help with this.

-          Blood Sugar – Biotin helps to maintain healthy levels of sugar in the blood, something diabetics battle every day. Coincidentally, biotin also helps regulate insulin in the body as well.

-          Heart Troubles – A functioning heart requires a lot of things; oxygen, biochemical energies, intact tissue, blood, and biotin. Who knew it could help prevent heart attacks and strokes?

-          Hair Loss – Biotin does wonders for growing healthy hair, whether male or female, and it’s starting to show up in many hair care products these days.

As you can see, there are a lot of benefits for consuming biotin, and not just for your hair. The body makes great use of it in nearly every which way possible. Although we don’t need a lot of biotin, it is a very necessary nutrient to have.

Benefits of Biotin

June 10th, 2014

hair vitaminsThere is a lot of research regarding biotin for hair growth. Aside from improving overall hair health, biotin also benefits the skin and body. From issues such as brittle hair and nails, skin rashes, high cholesterol and high blood sugar, biotin is a vitamin vital to the body’s function. Although we’ll mainly focus on biotin for hair, we will also be touching base on the other biotin benefits as well.

What is biotin?

This is usually the number one question asked by those who may see biotin pills on the shelf of the vitamin isle or see it in an ingredient list of their hair products. Biotin (vitamin b-7) is a vitamin B complex that is also known as vitamin H. This vitamin is essential for the body’s cell growth and deficiencies may lead to harmful effects on the body. Biotin is found in several foods including egg yolks, chicken, dairy products, Swiss chard, whole wheat bread, and whole grain cereals. Though there are many foods that contain biotin, they are only comprised of small amounts, so it is necessary to find other ways to add biotin to your body.

Types of biotin

Biotin is available in pill form for overall body health and cell health.  These biotin pills are available at several drugstores both online and local. Standard pill bottles are usually priced from $8-12 dollars.

If you decide to take biotin pills, here are the recommended usages:

- 0-6 months: 5 mcg/day
- 7-12 months: 6mcg/day
- 1-3 years: 8 mcg/day
- 4-8 years: 12mcg/day
- 9-13 years: 20 mcg/day
- 14-18 years: 35 mcg/day
- 19 years and up: 30 mcg/day
- Pregnant women: 30 mcg/day
- Breastfeeding women: 35 mcg/day

Another form of biotin can also be located in other products, especially hair products. From biotin conditioners to special serums, this ingredient can be seen on the labels of several hair products for hair growth results. However, when looking for these biotin enriched hair products, be sure that they also include other beneficial ingredients for hair growth, so they can add even greater benefits to your hair. Other ingredients that work well with biotin for hair are saw palmetto, jojoba and tea tree oils, as well as sulfate free elements.

Biotin Benefits

Biotin benefits are immense and there is no question that this vitamin is an important part of your body’s health. However, biotin has proven to be beneficial in many areas of the body. One of the most popular benefits is for hair growth. Biotin repairs and strengthens hair proteins, creating both thicker and stronger locks. A deficiency in biotin can also lead to hair loss and shedding issues. If you are someone who is experiencing hair loss, in order to add nutrients to your hair, it is best to use a hair loss shampoo like Regenepure NT or condition with products that contain biotin for hair growth and thickening purposes. One of the more common topical hair products is a biotin conditioner. It is proven to provide beneficial nutrients to the hair and maintain health while adding thickness to the hair strands. Similarly to hair, nails also contain keratin making biotin an excellent source to strengthen brittle nails and improve overall nail health.

Biotin also provides internal benefits. Biotin supplements have been used to boost metabolism. When your body contains high levels of biotin it helps your body digest food quicker.  Another major benefit is its ability to balance blood sugar levels by breaking down the carbohydrates in your body. When used in combination with other medications, those suffering from diabetes may notice healthier levels of blood sugar.

Biotin Side Effects

Most vitamins do not have many negative effects, however caution should still be applied. Everything needs to be taken in moderation. It is important to use the recommended dosages per age group. While biotin has been proven to be safe for women who are pregnant and breastfeeding, it is always best to consult a doctor. You should also consult your doctor if you are receiving kidney dialysis because you may require extra dosages of biotin. At times biotin may cause breakouts, in those cases users should discontinue use and consult a doctor to see if the breakouts are directly linked to the biotin intake.

Biotin is a valuable vitamin to add to your healthy regimen. Whether you’re suffering from damaged hair, hair loss, unstable blood sugar levels, or need a boost in metabolism, biotin will provide overall bodily health with the recommended dosage. To learn about our new Intense Volumizing Biotin Conditioner visit our products page.

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