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Biotin: Information

Biotin is part of the group of B-vitamins which also includes choline, folic acid, inositol, vitamin B-1, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-3, vitamin B-5, vitamin B-6 and vitamin B-12. Biotin can be found in egg yolks, organ meats, bananas, carrots, milk, soy, salmon and barley, and is also produced by intestinal bacteria.

Biotin's Health Benefits

Biotin supplements are used for two primary purposes. Most often, biotin is used to improve the growth and structure brittle nails1 and hair.2 Less commonly, biotin is used to support healthy blood sugar levels.3 Biotin is also involved in energy production, the manufacture of vital cell structures and the proper metabolism of branched chain amino acids (BCAA).

Using Biotin

Use biotin according to label directions. Biotin deficiency can only be diagnosed by a doctor.

Side-effects and Cautions:

Pregnant women should consult an ob/gyn for more information about biotin deficiency development during pregnancy. Consult your physician before using any dietary supplements if you are currently taking any medications, as biotin may interact with other medications or drugs. Use as directed.

1. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2004 Jul;3(3):138-44.
2. Pediatr Dermatol. 2007 Apr 8.
3. Med Res Rev. 2006 Jul;26(4):434-82.


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