By Gary, on September 8th, 2012
Biotin is the common name for Vitamin H or co-enzyme R. It is in the B-Complex of vitamins. It is essential to the proper functioning of your body. It is a major converter of your food into fuel. Your body uses Biotin to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, building blocks of protein. It helps your nervous system function correctly. It is good for your hair, your nails, your skin, your eyes and your liver.
Biotin is a critical element in pregnancy, it is essential for normal embryonic growth.
Biotin is water-soluble, thus it gets flushed from your body. However, the bacteria in your intestine can produce Biotin.
Low levels of Biotin are very rare. But, overuse of antibiotic drugs and overuse of anti-depressants and anti-coagulants can deplete the levels of Biotin in your body. This depletion may manifest itself with hair loss, dry scaly skin, dry eyes, cracked lips, swollen and painful tongue, appetite loss, fatigue, depression and insomnia.
Biotin can be taken in vitamin and supplement form. There are several foods that contain Biotin as well. Some of them are: brewer’s yeast, cooked eggs, sardines, nuts, nut butters, soybeans, legumes, whole grains, cauliflower, bananas, and mushrooms.
Note: food-processing techniques can destroy Biotin in foods.
There have been no reports that overdoses of Biotin cause side-effects.
You should always check with your health care provider if you are concerned about side effects.
More sources and information:
What Is Vitamin B7 Or Vitamin H? What Is Biotin?
What Are Benefits of Vitamin H?
Vitamin H (Biotin)