If you’re suffering from excessive hair loss, tingling of the arms and legs, as well as red scaly rash around the eyes, nose, and mouth, you may not be getting as much biotin that your body needs.
Biotin, also known as Vitamin H, is part of the complex B vitamins.
Adults are recommended to consume 30-100 mcg of biotin per day. This vitamin can be obtained from natural food sources such as:
- Whole grains and cereals
- Soybeans and other legumes
- Nut butters
- Nuts (like walnuts, pecans, peanuts, and almonds)
- Organ meats (kidney, liver)
- Egg yolk
Here are 5 benefits of biotin every woman should know:
Biotin helps promote healthy embryonic growth in pregnant women
Eating biotin-rich foods early on in your pregnancy will help ensure your baby grows healthy and may decrease risks for congenital defects.
1. Biotin improves hair and nail health
Although there is not enough scientific study to support biotin’s effects on hair growth, it has been proven that a biotin deficiency can cause hair loss. Biotin also helps improve nail cuticle growth and prevents breakage.
2. Biotin promotes healthy skin
Biotin deficiency may cause several skin issues such as acne, rashes, dermatitis, psoriasis, and overall itchiness. B-vitamins are crucial in maintaining nervous system functions that are responsible for hormone balance, thus low biotin levels in the body can affect skin health.
3. Biotin lowers your body’s bad cholesterol levels
There are already preliminary researches that show biotin can help bring down LDL or bad cholesterol levels in the body, which if left unmanaged, may cause stroke and heart disease.
4. Biotin supports proper metabolism
Biotin works as a co-enzyme to break down carbohydrates, protein, and fats.
5. Biotin regulates blood sugar
Biotin paired with chromium has been found to lower your body’s glucose levels. A study done in 2005 also showed that there is a direct link between glucose tolerance and utilization, and biotin deficiency.
Learn more about biotin and its many health benefits by reading this article by Chatelaine.
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