Biotin is a water soluble vitamin that is part of the b-complex vitamin family and is commonly referred to as vitamin B7, vitamin H or coenzyme R. Biotin plays a very important role in the metabolism of fatty acids, glucose, branched chain amino acids, and cholesterol.
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Biotin is actually also known as vitamin H, and is a B complex vitamin that the human body uses to help generate energy on a daily basis. The word Biotin for example, is actually derived from the ancient Greek word ‘biotos’ which translates to ‘sustenance’ or ‘life’. As you can probably expect then, biotin is considered a very healthy and beneficial everyday health supplement, as it provides a whole host of health and wellness benefits, which we’ll be taking a better look at in just a moment. B vitamins in general, are considered essential for healthy eyes, skin, hair, nervous systems, and internal organs, but Biotin especially, has proven particularly useful and beneficial. For women, Biotin is especially useful and is considered essential in some circles, due to the fact that it is vital for embryonic growth.
Biotin is found in many foods with high concentrations in egg yolks, liver, and yeast.
In terms of how Biotin works, this B complex vitamin is an essential vitamin that is water soluble, which means that the body cannot produce it naturally, and in order for it to digest and absorb it, it has to first break it down in water. When we consume this supplement, it actually attaches itself to various enzymes, and becomes active. This process is known as biotinylation and it is so important because these various enzymes are essential for the production of fatty acids within the human body. As if that wasn’t all, they also encourage the body to produce glucose from nutrients other than carbohydrates, such as fats or proteins, which basically allows you to get nutrition and energy from whatever it is that you have consumed. This is ideal because it helps ramp up the metabolism, and helps ensure that you’re getting enough energy from the foods that you’re consuming. It can also help to stimulate the production of insulin, which in turn can help to regulate and stabilize blood sugars. Biotin however, is also great for the central nervous system, due to the fact that, in nerve cells, it can stimulate the production of microscopic microtubules, which are essential for the correct functioning of a healthy cell.
There are many benefits associated with taking biotin, so here’s a more direct look at some of the most prominent examples:
As mentioned, biotin has been found to help stimulate the production and secretion of insulin via the pancreas, which in turn can help to regulate and stabilize blood sugar levels. This is important as not only could it help to prevent diabetes, it could also actually help to treat and manage the condition as well.
Another great benefit of this supplement, is the fact that it helps to convert macronutrients into glucose, which the body then uses for energy. What’s more, it allows the body to convert non-carbohydrate sources into glucose, making it extremely useful indeed.
Another reason why Biotin is proving to be such a popular supplement, is down to the fact that it has been found to help promote healthy skin, hair, and vision. Because of this, it is considered a great supplement to take to help battle the signs and symptoms of aging, as well as for all around health and well-being.
Other benefits include:
In terms of dosages and how and when biotin should be taken, that really all depends on what you’re taking biotin for, as well as your gender, and indeed you age as well for that matter. For adults however, including pregnant and breastfeeding women, adequate dosages are around 30 – 35mcg per day
Health Canada Recommended Dose (capsules): Adults: 1 Capsule(s) 1 time(s) per day.
Although Biotin is considered a B complex vitamin, it is still very different to vitamin B12, and as a result, it is important to know the main differences between the two. Vitamin B12 for example, is considered a vitamin that is essential for the growth and development of tissues, whereas biotin is a co-factor in numerous other metabolic processes. Biotin provides many of the benefits that B12 does, along with many more of its own. Experts recommend consuming Biotin with B12 in order to get the most benefits from both of these supplements.
As mentioned, experts recommend stacking biotin with vitamin B12, and indeed various other B-Complex vitamins, in order to gain the most benefits. Biotin for anti-aging purposes for example, stacks very well with essential omega 3 fatty acids, whereas for general health and nutritional support purposes, biotin stacks very well with a multi-vitamin.
Medicinal Ingredients (per capsule): Biotin .......................... 500 Micrograms
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: Gelatin, Brown rice flour.
Biotin is actually considered to be one of the healthiest and safest supplements currently on the market, and truthfully, there are virtually no side effects to be wary of, providing you consume the recommended dosage of course. Again, always consult your doctor before using any new health supplement, and if any side effects do occur, stop using it immediately. As mentioned, biotin is one of very few supplements that are beneficial for pregnant and breast-feeding women.
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