WHAT IS BIOTIN?
Biotin (vitamin H or vitamin B7) is commonly known for its capacity to promote healthy hair, skin, and nails. However, biotin is involved in numerous metabolic processes in both humans and other organisms. Primarily, biotin is necessary for the breakdown of fats, carbohydrates, and amino acids and converting them to energy! Because it is a water-soluble vitamin, your body will naturally excrete any excess.
The word “biotin” is derived from the original Greek word “biotos,” meaning life or sustenance. It is a vital nutrient during pregnancy as it promotes embryonic growth. It is also important in keeping your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy.
SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY
Biotin deficiencies are uncommon and difficult to diagnose with routine lab testing. Diagnosis is typically identified by the symptoms which include hair loss (or significant hair thinning), red scaly skin rash, depression, fatigue, and tingling in the arms and legs.
Conditions that may cause low biotin levels are pregnancy, long-term tube feeding, malnutrition, rapid weight loss, kidney dialysis, or an inherited condition. Some evidence shows that people with diabetes and cigarette smokers are more susceptible to having lower biotin levels.
Some studies have shown that approximately one-third of pregnant women develop a biotin deficiency at some point during pregnancy. More studies are needed to determine if this deficiency elevates the risk of potential abnormal embryo development. Most pregnant women are advised to take a multivitamin that contains at least 30mcg/day of biotin, combined with at least 400mcg of folic acid.
HOW IT WORKS
Biotin aids your body in the metabolism of fatty acids, carbohydrates, glucose (blood sugar), and amino acids and converting them into the energy you need for your daily routine. It also plays a significant role in how your cells react with each other throughout your body – also called cell signaling – and gene regulation. Biotin also helps your nervous system maintain normal function.
There is not an actual Recommended Daily Allowance for biotin, but studies suggest an adequate amount for adults over 18 and pregnant women are 30mcg/day and 35mcg for breast-feeding women. For children, the amounts vary by age and are below:
0-12 months – 7mcg
1-3 years – 8mcg
4-8 years – 12mcg
9-13 years – 20mcg
14-18 years – 25mcg
If there is a biotin deficiency diagnosed, up to 10mg/day can be added as a supplement. It’s always a good idea to speak to a professional before adding additional amounts to your supplement routine.
FOODS HIGH IN BIOTIN
It is always best practice to get your recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals from natural sources. Keeping in mind that cooking and processing foods will deplete the effectiveness of these vitamins and minerals, so it’s always best to intake more raw or less processed versions of these foods.
As you can see, biotin is an essential micronutrient for our body to function properly. It is the free injection at Edge Weight Loss and Fatigue in Spring and Katy, Texas for the month of March. Call us now to schedule your initial consultation at 832-789-4989.
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