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Biotin (Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H)

Biotin is a water-soluble member of the B-complex group of vitamins and is commonly referred to as vitamin H. 

Another member of the B-vitamin family, Biotin is involved in the biosynthesis of fatty acids, energy production, metabolism of the branched-chain amino acids, and recent research indicates it may play a role in gene expression. Biotin is widely distributed in natural foodstuffs. However, like many other water-soluble nutrients, the amounts present are too low to meet nutritional needs. Recent studies have revealed that even marginal Biotin deficiency causes serious malformations in many animals. This is of special concern since there is also now data showing that marginal Biotin deficiency occurs in a significant proportion of pregnant women. There is also preliminary evidence that supplemental Biotin might improve disordered glucose metabolism and thus might be helpful in some cases of diabetes.

It's estimated minimum daily requirement is between 30 mcg to 300 mcg.

IMPORTANCE:

  • Aids in the utilization of protein, folic acid, Pantothenic acid, and Vitamin B-12
  • promotes healthy hair
  • Strengthens hair and nails
  • Increases energy levels
  • Promotes normal cholesterol levels
  • Reduces blood sugar levels

DEFICIENCY SYMPTOMS:

  • extreme exhaustion
  • drowsiness
  • muscle pain
  • loss of appetite
  • depression
  • grayish skin
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