Biotin, also known as vitamin B-7, optimizes energy production in your body. It is a supporter of nervous system health and plays a role in maintaining a healthy and beautiful you--inside and out.
What is Biotin?
Biotin, an essential, water-soluble B vitamin also known as vitamin B-7, is found in plant and animal-based food sources such as milk, whole grains, nuts, legumes, bananas, cauliflower, and brewer’s yeast. Deficiency of B-7 is associated with multiple skin issues.
Biotin may also play a role in modulating blood sugar within the human body. In fact, biotin has been suggested to help maintain blood sugar in some instances when combined with other substances, such as chromium picolinate. Biotin has also shown, in early research, to potentially support cardiovascular health through its ability to modulate blood sugar.**
Biotin is an essential nutrient, which means that the body cannot synthesize it on its own and instead must consume it in order to maintain high levels of health. Some friendly bacteria are capable of synthesizing B-7; a healthy internal environment may support B-7 nutritional status.**
Biotin is available in foods, but due to its water-soluble nature, the vitamin is excreted quickly. In other words, the body needs a steady supply of biotin in order to maintain good health.
Biotin is readily available either by itself as a vitamin B-7 supplement or in a B-complex nutritional supplement, usually as a capsule or tablet. For hair care, biotin is often also used as an ingredient in shampoo and conditioner. Topical creams containing the B vitamin are common for skin care.**
Biotin Directions for Use
If you are considering any nutritional supplement regimen, be sure to consult your primary care physician before you begin.