Biotin, also known as vitamin H, is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin (vitamin B7). Biotin facilitates cell growth and aerobic respiration, production of fatty acids, and synthesis of several amino acids including isoleucine and valine. It also regulates glucose metabolism. Biotin is a key vitamin for maintaining integrity of hair and nails.
Biotin deficiency is relatively rare because normal intestinal bacteria produce biotin in excess of the body’s daily requirements. Biotin deficiency is seen in those undergoing chronic antibiotic therapy, alcoholics, patients after gastric surgery, burn patients, epileptics, athletes and women smokers. Relative biotin deficiency is also common in pregnant and lactating women.
Symptoms of biotin deficiency include: hair loss, conjunctivitis, unusual facial fat distribution, scaly red rash around the eyes, nose, mouth, and genital area, depression, lethargy, hallucination and numbness and tingling of the extremities.
Potential side effects:
- Have not been reported
Potential drug interactions:
- Chronic anticoagulation therapy
Contents: 60 VCaps
The recommended dose of biotin varies from 5 to 20 mg a day taken with meals.
Contains no: sugar, salt, yeast, wheat, gluten, soy, milk or preservatives.
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- Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea
- Atopic and Seborrheic Dermatitis
- Brittle Nails
- Fatty Liver Disease/Alcoholic Liver
- Hair Loss
- Hyperlipidemia/Elevated Cholesterol
- Intestinal Yeast/Candida
- Rheumatoid Arthritis