The Effects of Biotin in Hair Loss

by Paul L. Rodgers

Posted on Saturday 1st of November 2008

Adding Biotin To Your Food Twice Daily Will Prevent Hair Loss Extensively

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, so any that is unneeded will be excreted. It is a water-soluble vitamin that acts as an essential cofactor for four carboxylases, each of which catalyzes an essential step in intermediary metabolism.

Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. Biotin is a B vitamin that's needed for the formation of fatty acids and glucose, which are essential for the production of energy. Biotin supplements are often recommended as a natural product to counteract the problem of hair loss in both children and adults.

Biotin is also indicated for healthy hair and skin, healthy sweat glands, nerve tissue, and bone marrow, and assisting with muscle pain. Adding high doses of 5 to 8 grams to your food twice daily will prevent hair loss extensively. Biotin deficiency may lead to skin rash, hair loss, high cholesterol and heart problems. Without biotin, certain enzymes do not work properly and various complications can occur involving the skin, intestinal tract, and nervous system.

Healthy Levels

Healthy adults usually get 30 to 100micrograms of biotin a day from their diets. As a water-soluble vitamin, biotin needs to be replenished on a regular basis to ensure you have healthy levels of it at all times. Studies have also indicated that biotin is supportive of nervous system health and function, and it may promote healthy blood fat metabolism. Biotin deficiency rarely, if ever, occurs in healthy individuals who consume a regular diet unless they are being treated either with certain anticonvulsants or with broad-spectrum antibiotics.

Biotin And Hair Loss

The signs and symptoms of biotin deficiency include hair loss which progresses in severity to include loss of eye lashes and eye brows in severely deficient subjects. Long-term antibiotic use can interfere with biotin production in the intestine and increase the risk of deficiency symptoms, such as dermatitis, depression, hair loss, anemia, and nausea.

While supplements can promote faster hair growth, it is important to also properly care for hair so that it will not break. Always use shampoo, which is enriched with biotin and silica for preventing hair loss. Biotin supplements are often recommended as natural products to counteract the problem of hair loss in both children and adults.


When used according to standard dosage levels, dietary supplements are a safe and okay way of maintaining the necessary daily biotin levels. Biotin supplements are frequently used in the diets of individuals that may be less than nutritionally sound such as those on an intravenous feeding tubs, persons suffering from anorexia, and persons missing a portion of the small intestine. If you miss taking biotin supplements for one or more days there is no cause for concern, since it takes some time for your body to become seriously low in biotin.

Biotin supplements are sometimes given to help reduce blood sugar in diabetic patients. Biotin supplements are safe even large doses have no known toxic effects. Side effects from biotin supplements should not occur if the vitamin is taken within recommended amounts. Biotin is available in multivitamin and vitamin B complexes, and in individual supplements.

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