The Health Benefits of Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

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I wanted to take a few minutes to talk to you about Biotin, also known as vitamin B7. Vitamin B7 is an essential, water-soluble vitamin. It is a co-factor used in the synthesis and metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids including branched chain amino acids as well as glucose synthesis. It is also very important for the developing fetus in utero, making it a critical nutrient during pregnancy.

It is often included in many cosmetic and hair products as a hair strengthening compound. Unfortunately, there are not many good studies evaluating the benefits of biotin as a supplement

Vitamin B7, aka biotin, has many potential benefits. It includes helping skin rash in infants, seborrheic dermatitis, hair loss, Diabetes, Diabetic nerve pain, peripheral neuropathy, Brittle fingernails and toenails Additional potential benefits include preventing Hair loss, Dry scaly skin, Cracking in the corners of the mouth, Swollen and painful tongue that is magenta in color (cheilitis), glossitis, Dry eyes, Loss of appetite, Fatigue, and Insomnia.

Common sources include Brewer’s yeast, Cooked eggs, especially egg yolk, Sardines, Nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts) and nut butters, Soybeans, Legumes (beans, blackeye peas), Whole grains, Cauliflower, Bananas, Mushrooms and Supplementing.

Source: The Health Benefits of Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

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