What is biotin?
Biotin is one of the B complex vitamins (also known as vitamin H) that help the body convert food into energy.
B vitamins and especially Biotin, help with keeping your skin, hair, eyes, liver and nervous system healthy. Biotin also helps with embryonic growth; therefore, it is a crucial nutrient during pregnancy.
Although most people get the biotin, they need through eating a healthy diet, having more biotin can regulate your blood sugar, promote healthier hair, skin and nail, it also helps pregnant women have healthier babies.
Supplements and diabetes
During a research it has suggested that biotin supplements could help with regulating blood glucose levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Also, another researched showed that people with type 2 diabetes who were given 9mg of biotin per day for two months, their fasting glucose levels dropped dramatically. It has also been suggested that biotin may help reduce pain from nerve damaged caused from been diabetic.
Another study shows biotin can help prevent damage to the kidney to people who have type 1 diabetes that are insulin dependent.
Healthy hair, skin and nails
Biotin helps with growing your hair faster than normal and also helps with thickening the hair for people whose hair is light. Biotin can also help with people who have alopecia as biotin improves the hair growth and also helps with inflammation. Hair, skin and nails all benefit form biotin for people who suffer from alopecia.
People who suffer from brittle nails can also benefit from taking biotin supplements as in a study it showed people who took biotin daily had a massive increase in healthy nails.
Pregnant women my become biotin deficient, however it is very rare. Taking a prenatal vitamin that contains biotin and folic acid during pregnancy can help to promote your baby’s health, however high doses of biotin can be very dangerous to the baby.
The recommended daily allowance of biotin ranges from 30 to 100 micrograms (mcg) per day, this dose is for adolescents and adults.
The average dose for children is 5 micrograms (mcg) per day and the average dose for breastfeeding women is 35mcg.