What Biotin Does For Hair?
Biotin is commonly known as vitamin H as the German words Haar and Haut translate to Hair and Skin.
Biotin actually belongs to the vitamin B family. It is beneficial for hair, skin and nails.
It’s rare to have vitamin H or B7 deficiency but when that happens you may experience hair loss as well as red rashes over the body. Mostly, when biotin level reduces in the body, it results in hair thinning and hair loss. A Biotin rich diet and supplements can help retain the vitamin, help hair growth and skin glow. Research is unclear about how biotin helps, but it’s clear on one point that biotin helps with the production of keratin that helps hair growth. So, instead of waiting for more research, we can all agree that it is important for our hair.
What Causes Biotin Deficiency?
- Malnutrition can be a huge cause of biotin deficiency but that’s very rare
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding can contribute to biotin deficiency
- Babies are born with the deficiency but it can be managed by prescribed supplements. Biotin deficiency can also be inherited
- History of anti-seizure drugs can add to biotin deficiency
- Anorexia or bulimia along with chronic malnourishment
- Drinking alcohol
- Chain Smoking
- Gastrointestinal conditions
- Acne medications
It’s rare for biotin to go so low that there are apparent symptoms, but there have been a few noted cases that have enlightened us to comprehend the symptoms. i.e.
- Massive hair loss, bald patches or alopecia
- Uncertainty or memory problems
- Skin rash, commonly on face
- Nausea and abdominal cramping
- Muscle Pain
Biotin Rich Foods
There are many foods that are enriched with biotin and can help with hair growth naturally, such as:
- Liver or kidney (organs)
- Egg yolk
- Almonds, peanuts, and walnuts
- Whole grains
- Cauliflower and spinach
- Mushrooms (preferably white)
- Oats (flakes)
Along with food, it’s important to remember that heat doesn’t help biotin, so it’s better to take these foods as either raw or cooked medium rare.
Things are not always as apparent as they seem. If you think that you have biotin deficiency then you should always consult a doctor rather than start self-medication since supplements aren’t for everyone. Also, the side effects can be lessened by taking the supplements with food.
Biotin is great for hair growth but as far as the supplements are concern always consult your doctor before experimenting with your health and body you don’t get them twice.