What is Biotin?

Biotin is one of the B complex vitamins, is water soluble, and is also known as:

Vitamin H, B 7, or C10H16N2O3S  (Biotin; Coenzyme R, Biopeiderm)

What is biotin good for?

Biotin is important for:

  • the bone marrow
  • genetic system
  • the glands ~ sweat glands (sudoriferous glands), adrenal glands, pituitary glands, sebaceous glands, salivary glands, thyroid, mammary and prostate glands
  • hair – while there may be some results from shampoos containing biotin, it is best to actually eat biotin rich foods for healthy hair.
  • metabolic system – especially fat and sugar metabolism
  • muscles – biotin may help prevent/treat neuromuscular conditions, including ataxia (lack of muscle coordination), and hypotonia  (lack of good muscle tone). Muscle cramps and pain from physical exercise could be a result of a biotin deficiency.
  • and skin – biotin is essential in the growth of new skin cells

What are the deficiency symptoms of biotin?

Depression, dry skin, fatigue, grayish skin color, insomnia, muscular pain, nausea, nervousness, poor appetite

What is biotin found in?  The plant sources of biotin are:

  • Almonds
  • bananas
  • brewer’s yeast
  • legumes
  • mushrooms
  • peanuts
  • raisins
  • walnuts
  • whole grains

For more information about biotin such as the augmenting nutrients and detrimental factors, and much more, check out our Nutrition Chart Book.  One of the handiest resources on nutrition available!