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Biotin: Can it be Used to Reverse Hair Loss

Updated on December 28, 2015
Biotin may be helpful in reducing hair loss.
Biotin may be helpful in reducing hair loss.

Biotin is one of the required B vitamins.

This essential vitamin is commonly referred to as Biotin, but it also goes by the name of Vitamin B7, and Vitamin H.

Biotin, Vitamin H, and Vitamin B7 are all one and the same and your body requires you to ingest this essential vitamin on a daily basis.

A deficiency of Biotin is rare but symptoms of a lack of Vitamin B7 may include fatigue, muscle pain, low appetite, depression, hair loss, brittle nails, brittle hair, poor skin color, intestinal tract issues, and nervous system problems.

Take note of the hair loss mentioned in the previous paragraph because studies are now showing that biotin may be useful in bringing back some of that lost hair.


Peanuts, almonds, and walnuts are nuts rich in biotin.

Walnuts contain biotin which is one of our b vitamins.
Walnuts contain biotin which is one of our b vitamins.

So exactly what does this Biotin do for me?

Although Biotin is not a vitamin that many people need to keep tabs on, it is very important for your body, and can cause some very real health problems if you are lacking it.

Biotin plays a very important role in the basic metabolic processes within the body. Vitamin B7 aides in the body's metabolizing of proteins, fats and carbohydrates, as well as aiding the body in processing glucose.

Biotin has many important functions and helps the body convert the foods you eat into efficient energy stores. This essential vitamin also helps to maintain muscle tissue, bone marrow, and nervous system tissue health. Biotin also helps to reduce blood sugar levels and to aide in the regulation of high cholesterol levels.

Biotin is a key factor in the overall health of hair, nails and skin which is why biotin supplements are often used to help treat hair loss, graying hair, thin or brittle nails, and some skin disorders. It is used as an aide in weight loss and can help individuals with diabetes to regulate their blood sugar level.

Visible signs that you may not be receiving an adequate amount of Biotin are fatigue, muscle pain, low appetite, depression, poor skin color, brittle nails or brittle hair, hair loss, or intestinal tract or nervous system problems.

A sufficient amount of Biotin is very important for overall health and well being.

Did you know that Biotin supplements are being used to stimulate hair growth?

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Biotin may help to decrease hair loss and baldness.
Biotin may help to decrease hair loss and baldness.

Biotin deficiency as a cause of thinning hair, baldness, or hair loss?

One of the symptoms of Biotin deficiency is indeed hair loss. Biotin is a key vitamin in the health of your skin, nails, and hair. A deficiency of biotin can cause hair loss, brittle or thinning hair, as well as premature greying of the hair.

This has lead researchers to look into Biotin supplements, creams, and shampoos as treatments for grey hair, thinning hair, hair loss, and baldness. It seems that there is some proof that biotin may aide in these areas.

The data I have found indicates that the best biotin treatment for hair greying, thinning, baldness, or hair loss is to use a combination of oral zinc and biotin supplements, and a corticosteroid specific cream applied to the head.

Biotin is one of the B family of vitamins.

Natrol Biotin tablets, 1000 mcg, 100 count, (pack of 2)
Natrol Biotin tablets, 1000 mcg, 100 count, (pack of 2)

Although we generally acquire enough Biotin through the foods that we consume, some individuals may find that they are predisposed to a deficiency, or simply require more Biotin than what they normally acquire. These are cases when a biotin supplement may be required.

 

Our diet is generally rich in Biotin.

Because we generally consume enough Biotin (Vitamin B7) rich foods in our basic diet it really isn't a Vitamin that we often find ourselves concerned about. Most people don't have to worry if they are getting enough Biotin in their daily diet plan as deficiencies of this vitamin are very rare.

Biotin is excreted in our urine, so must be ingested daily to meet our nutritional requirements for it, but we generally have no problem in receiving an ample amount of this nutrient in the everyday foods that we consume.

Those individuals who may find themselves at higher risk of vitamin B7 deficiency are those rare individuals who consume large amounts of raw egg whites, those who use certain anti-seizure or antibiotic medications for extended periods of time, or those individuals who may have pre-existing intestinal problems.

Although vitamin B7 is water soluble and travels through the bloodstream, it is absorbed mainly within the small intestine, so pre-existing intestinal problems can also affect its absorption.

Biotin is found in such a wide assortment of common foods though, and these biotin rich foods are often consumes on a daily basis, so biotin is not often a vitamin that is deficient in our diets.

Biotin is found in legumes.

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Causes of Biotin Deficiency

Consuming raw egg whites prevents biotin from being absorbed and can cause a biotin deficiency. Always cook your eggs fully before consuming them.

Other factors which may influence a biotin deficiency are genetic predisposition, alcoholism, cigarette smoking, pregnancy, and intestinal problems.

The elderly, kidney dialysis patients, and very athletic individuals may also be at higher risk of suffering from a biotin deficiency.

Biotin - Vitamin H - Vitamin B7

Biotin - Vitamin H - Vitamin B7, whichever name that you choose to refer to it as, is not a vitamin that people usually think about when they are adding vitamin supplements into their daily diet plans. In fact it is a vitamin that a great many people have probably never even heard of. Biotin is a member of the family of B-vitamins and it is very important to our health.

Biotin is fortunately found in many of the foods that we consume each day so it is not a vitamin supplement of any great concern to the majority of individuals. Biotin is a water soluble vitamin. You can find Biotin in many grain, cereal, and bread products, egg yolks, fish, legumes, yeast, nuts, liver, milk, poultry, spinach, cauliflower, and broccoli.

Do you take vitamin supplements to help improve your health and boost your immunity?

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Not many are required by me as I have a wonderful garden full of fruits and vegies and only eat good foods. This is such a wonderful informative lens and it is blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012. Hugs.

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      KimGiancaterino 4 years ago

      My husband takes Biotin every day and his nails grow like crazy.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I sure learn a lot on Squidoo and now I have learned about Biotin. Thank you.

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      Yes, I take quite a few different vitamins.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Thank you for this informative page on Biotin. My diet lately has been haphazard to say the least. I am resolving to do better. Thanks.

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      Michey LM 4 years ago

      I didn't know that biotin is so important. So I am learning Thanks Blessings

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      sittonbull 4 years ago

      Thanks for telling us about Biotin~

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I had heard of Biotin but didn't know about it being called B7 and wasn't aware there was a VitaminH. It sounds like Biotin carries its own weight in taking care of us. The one thing I found so odd was that Biotin is found in egg yolk but raw egg whites interfere with it....guess eat the whole egg and cook it. Very informative and well done....as usual! :)

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      geosum 4 years ago

      The doc recommended biotin after my lap-band operation. It's a bit late for my hair. Great lens. Good to read more about it.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish I knew this earlier. I do take Omega 3 and Calcium supplement.

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      AlleyCatLane 3 years ago

      I have been taking Biotin supplements for years - for metabolism. It hasn't done anything for my thinning hair. Only Rogaine helped that issue.

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      No, haven't taken any vitamins for years. I just depend on a good balanced diet to provide me with what I need. It's an interesting theory about the hair loss but I began losing hair once I started taking so much medication for my lungs, so I doubt there's much that can be done to stop it. Still...and interesting lens, with many good facts!

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      David Stone 3 years ago from New York City

      Yes, but only Vitamin B12, necessary for vegetarians. I had high hopes that my hair would soon make a comeback, but the details suggest I get plenty of Biotin already. Alas.

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      Ibidii 2 years ago

      I started to take Biotin 5 years ago after I lost 3/5ths of my hair from 4 surgeries in 2 months. It has helped my hair and nails grow back and I am very happy with the results. I stopped taking it a few months ago and I am ready to go back on to see if it will help with other issues that I was not aware of until I read your lens here. Awesome lens!

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