What is Biotin? What are the benefits?

Author: Dermatologist Dr. Hande Ulusal

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin. It is an important component of enzymes that break down substances such as fat, carbohydrates and sugar in the body. It participates in the formation and structure of amino acids and oils. It’s also called B-7, vitamin H or coenzyme R.

What Does Biotin Do?

Biotin is a vitamin that is needed in many metabolic activities in the body. It is involved in the metabolism of fat, carbohydrates and amino acids. It is necessary for the production of fats and the construction of fatty acids. Contribute in the structure of many enzymes.These enzymes make food useful to the body. 

Biotin contributes to;

• Normal energy generation metabolis,

• Normal macronutrient metabolism,

• Normal hair protection,

• Protection of normal mucosa

• Protection of normal skin

In addition, biotin is one of the nutrients that contribute to the normal function of the skin. Some collagen supplements are supplemented with biotin.

What Nutrients Is Biotin Found in? 

Foods with the most biotin (vitamin B7):

• Egg yolks

• Organ meat products (such as liver and kidneys)

• Nuts (almonds, peanuts, pecans and nuts)

• Nut oils

• Soybeans and other legumes

• Whole grains

• Cauliflower

• Avocado

• Bananas, watermelons, strawberries and raspberries

• Mushrooms

• Goat and cow’s milk

Using biotin supplements other than foods containing biotin can support biotin intake. Biotin supplements found among food supplements can be found in different forms. 

What is the Relationship of Biotin with Hair?

Biotin is found in hair and skin structure. Therefore, biotin for hair has always been considered important. Biotin contributes to the protection of normal skin and hair. In addition to its regular consumption as a food, it can be taken as an external supplement.

What Causes Biotin Deficiency? 

Biotin deficiency may be congenital or may be associated with consuming foods that are poor in biotin. 

Biotin deficiency can be determined by laboratory examinations and vitamin measurement. If you think you have symptoms of biotin deficiency, you can check your biotin levels through blood tests in consultation with a physician.

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