WHAT IS BIOTIN?
Biotin, or Vitamin B7, is a vitamin that goes by the alias Vitamin H.
It got its nickname from the German "Haar und Haut", which means "hair and skin". This B vitamin plays a key role in giving you healthy skin, hair and nails.
It also supports healthy metabolic nerve, digestive and cardiovascular functions. Biotin acts as a coenzyme in the body that’s needed for the metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. This means that when we eat foods that are sources of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, vitamin B7 biotin must be present in order to convert and use these macronutrients for energy.
WHAT DO SCIENCE AND HISTORY SAY?
You'll find biotin in a lot of hair and skin beauty products, but it's not absorbed very well through the skin and actually must be ingested to be fully beneficial.
- According to studies, taking high doses of biotin can help treat weak hair and nails. In fact, this benefit was first discovered when horses were effectively treated with biotin to correct problems with the horses’ hoofs becoming brittle and cracked
- It's needed to convert the food you eat into usable energy
- It has been shown to lower blood sugar in people with diabetes
- Biotin helps to keep a positive mindset, boost energy and increase concentration