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The Ultimate Crash Course on Biotin (Vitamin B7)
What is Biotin?
Nicknames – Vitamin B7, Vitamin B8, Vitamin H
Water soluble B vitamin
Skin, hair, and nail vitamin
Absorbed by cells of the small intestine
Pancreas helps this process with the enzyme – Biotinidase
**Inflammatory bowel disease and pancreatic inflammation could contribute to deficiency
Functions of Biotin
Aids in the break down of fats, carbs, and proteins for energy
Aids in building fats
Helps stabilize genetic integrity
What are the Symptoms Caused By Biotin Deficiency
Graying discoloration of the skin
Alopecia (Hair Loss)
Muscle Pain (Myalgia)
What Causes Biotin Deficiency?
Excessive raw egg white consumption
Genetic inborn errors of metabolism
Medicines That Deplete Biotin
Anti-biotics (especially Sulfa)
Bariatric Surgery (Stomach Bypass)
Diseases That Have Benefited With Biotin Supplementation
Foods Rich in Biotin
How Much Biotin is Safe to Take?
There is No Known Toxicity for Biotin.
5 mg daily for two years showed no toxic effects
Human daily requirement to prevent disease is estimated to be 30-100 mcg/day
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