Biotin which is also know as vitamin B7 is part of the the B complex group which is needed for a range of health benefits such as digestive, metabolic and nerve health. Biotin is water soluble and excess quantities are excreted in our urine. Because we are unable to store the extra biotin, including small quantities in our daily diet is important. Getting it from food is the best form, but otherwise supplementing is another option.
Foods that contain biotin are :
- Liver (organ meats)
Biotin (along with other B vitamins) is needed to convert the foods we eat to energy by acting as a coenzyme that metabolises the different macronutrients.
- It helps the body use amino acids from protein to carry out functions such as growth and repair of bodily tissues.
- It converts the glucose in the carbohydrates to fuel for the body to use.
- It activates fatty acids from fats we eat.
If we don’t have enough biotin in our bodies you may start to experience fatigue, slow metabolism, digestive issues and weight gain to name a few.
Deficiencies in biotin and other B vitamins can result in improper development of unborn babies and infants. You will see them added to most prenatal supplements for this reason. Speak to your doctor if you are pregnant or planning on falling pregnant about what supplement is right for you.
Biotin also plays a part in maintaining hair, nails and skin health by improving your bodies keratin infrastructure. If you are deficient in it you might notice brittle nails, weak hair and dry skin.
Biotin along with other B vitamins are needed for protecting against adrenal fatigue and thyroid function. Deficiencies in B vitamins can result in your thyroid and adrenal glands not working optimally which can lead to a whole host of problems such as mood swings, weight gain or weight loss and trouble sleeping to name a few.
Always speak to you Doctor before starting a new supplement.