We recently posted about “What to look for when in the market for a good B Complex supplement”. One of the ingredients in a good B Complex is Biotin. We see lots of “pins” of Biotin supplements on Pinterest boards for hair, skin, nails, beauty, and wedding prep. The brands typically shown are … meh.
What is Biotin, and should you get it?
Biotin is related to the B vitamin family. Foods don’t contain it, rather the gut produces it from these foods: brewer’s yeast, cooked egg yolks, meat, milk, poultry, saltwater fish, soybeans, and whole grains. You can see from this list that most people are probably not consistently eating high quality sources of these foods, not to mention the need of a healthy gut for production.
This vitamin has been the go-to in the supplement industry for customers looking for great hair. It is a good place to start, but let’s back up a step and look at a good potency B Complex first. Why? Because Biotin will be in it, along with other B vitamins that have a role in hair, skin, and nail, health and strength. In a B Complex you have an army of synergistic nutrients working together to keep you beautiful.
If after a month or two of a high quality B Complex, you don’t see a difference, then consider a single Biotin supplement in addition to your B Complex. It is usually sold in 1, 3, and 5 mgs. As always, remember to follow the rules for purchasing a high quality supplement.
Fascinating facts: raw egg will deplete Biotin in the body, and antibiotics, sulfa drugs and Saccharin will threaten the availability.
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