Talking about biotin and its amazing benefits for the body, the hair and the skin have started in recent years, so what is really going on? What are the benefits of biotin? Read the article to find out more.
Have you heard from a heart about a beneficial compound called biotin? So what is the truth about biotin? What are its benefits? Is it harmful?
What is biotin?
It is a member of the B vitamins family and has several other names including vitamin E and vitamin B7.
It helps the body convert food into energy, and is especially important during pregnancy and breastfeeding for a woman.
You must have heard a lot about the benefits of biotin, and you may have started taking biotin supplements, so what are its true benefits?
1- Promote and improve metabolism
Its is one of the important vitamins necessary for energy production in the body, as there are many enzymes that need biotin in order to do its full job.
These enzymes enter into the processes of metabolism and metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and various proteins by stimulating what happens in the early stages of metabolism
2- Strengthening weak nails
Weak nails are those that can quickly crack and break, a condition that affects 20% of people around the world. Studies have begun to show that biotin may help to strengthen weak nails.
In a study conducted by researchers, in which 8 people were given 2.5 mg of biotin daily for a period ranging between 6-15 months, it was found that:
- Nail thickness of all study participants increased by 25%.
- The incidence of chapped and broken nails has decreased.
This matter is still under discussion, as all studies were conducted on a small and narrow scale.
3- Enhance hair health
Although there are many products and advertisements that promote the amazing benefits of biotin when it comes to hair health, scientific studies in this regard are still few and early.
But it is worth noting that a deficiency in biotin may lead to noticeable hair loss, which means that biotin is an important vitamin for hair. But taking it in the form of nutritional supplements may not make a big difference in cases of hair loss except in those who are already physically deficient in biotin.
The benefits of biotin for hair in healthy people are still under discussion.
4- Vitamin is important during pregnancy and lactation
Scientific research began linking these two stages in a woman's life with an increased need during which specifically for biotin, it was found that approximately 50% of pregnant women may experience a slight severity of biotin.
Researchers believe that a pregnant woman develops a biotin deficiency due to an increased speed of analysis and dismantling of biotin in the body during pregnancy.
It is worth noting here that some preliminary studies carried out by the researchers on animals showed that the lack of biotin during pregnancy may cause birth defects in the fetus.
5- Helping to reduce blood sugar in diabetics
Some studies have found that taking biotin supplements may help patients with type 2 diabetes regulate blood sugar levels, provided they are taken with other nutritional supplements, such as chromium supplements.
6- Improving skin health
The role biotin plays in the health and appearance of the skin is still being researched, but what we know so far is that a lack of biotin may cause red scales and rashes on the skin.
Also, some studies have shown that a lack of biotin may cause a skin condition called a cradle cap.
The possible role of biotin in skin health may be due to the fact that biotin is involved in metabolic processes that reflect positively on the skin if it is carried out to the fullest.
But there is no evidence yet about the ability of biotin to improve the appearance of the skin in people who do not have a deficiency in it.
7- Useful in the case of multiple sclerosis
Considered multiple sclerosis an autoimmune disease, occurs when infected with the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord and eye damage or damage, the researchers believe that biotin one of the important elements involved in the formation of these membranes operations.
A small study conducted on a group of multiple sclerosis patients found that 90% of patients improved their condition when taking high doses of biotin.
Foods containing biotin
It is present in many foods that we eat daily, which makes the occurrence of a deficiency in it rare, and the most important foods that contain biotin:
- Meat, liver, and kidneys.
- The cheese.
- Leafy vegetables.
- Legumes, such as soybeans and peanuts.
In addition to these many sources, intestinal bacteria also produce it in the body.
Eating high doses of biotin
It is considered safe, and even high doses of it often do no harm, and because it is one of the water-soluble vitamins, any additional amounts of it that the body does not need are excreted naturally through urine.
But in a few cases, it was found that consuming high-dose biotin may cause abnormalities in the results of some tests, such as thyroid gland tests, so please exercise caution and always consult your doctor.
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