A water-soluble B vitamin, biotin helps maintain healthy hair, skin and nails, while also playing a role in metabolism, supporting cognitive function and being a factor in the maintenance of overall health.
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Biotin is a water soluble vitamin in the B family, sometimes referred to as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H. As with all our vitamins, it’s essential for the everyday running of our health.
Particularly, biotin plays roles in the metabolism of our carbohydrates, proteins and fats, allowing for proper energy production and use. Important for immune function, it is required for white blood cell formation. Biotin is one of the select nutrients that crosses the blood brain barrier, so therefore plays a part in neurological roles like mood, emotions and memory. In its roles in pain and sensation, biotin makes our myelin sheath, the fatty protective insulator surrounding our nerves.
Biotin is naturally found in food in a protein-bound form, as well as produced by our intestinal bacteria. In general, a biotin deficiency is rare. But even a mild deficiency can have some big consequences. Symptoms can show as thinning hair, brittle fingernails and conjunctivitis of the eye. As skin cells require healthy fat metabolism to protect against damage and water loss, this can contribute to skin issues like facial rashes. Again with its role in fat metabolism, a biotin deficiency can contribute to cardiovascular health, diabetes and metabolic syndrome symptoms. Even a mild deficiency can contribute to symptoms of depression, hallucinations, tingling in the arms and legs and an overall lack of interest.
A person may be biotin-deficient if they have issues digesting and absorbing (particularly proteins as biotin is bound to a protein in food sources), have dysbiosis of their gut bacteria, have a higher internal need for biotin or maintain a lifestyle habit that accelerates the breakdown of biotin in the body. Supplementing with Organika’s Biotin might be just the trick to help you overcome these hurdles.
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Consult a health care practitioner for use beyond 4 weeks.
Consult a health care practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Q: Who specifically may be more deficient in biotin? A: Low levels are found more often in smokers or heavy drinkers, athletes, the elderly or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Digestive issues like low stomach acid, inflammatory bowel issues, or the use of antibiotics can contribute to a decrease in biotin’s absorption and production in the digestive tract. Some people may be low due to a metabolic disorder that causes one to be deficient in the enzymes that process biotin.
Q: Where can I find biotin in my diet? A: You’ll find biotin in foods including animal livers, eggs, milk, salmon, avocado, peanuts, sunflower seeds and baker’s yeast. To benefit from the biotin from these sources however, one has to be able to digest them from the protein-bound form of which they are found in food. Consider supporting your digestive system with Organika’s Full Spectrum Plant Enzymes.
Q: Can I solve a deficiency by just increasing biotin-rich foods in my diet? A: It might be a bit of a long shot. Food servings may contain anywhere from 2 to 140 mcg of biotin. Organika’s Biotin capsules contain 10,000 mcg, making it a much more efficient way to increase your biotin intake.
Q: What can I do to support my good bacteria and their biotin production? A: Depending on the state of your microbiota, it may be helpful to support your digestive tract lining, reduce your detrimental bacteria and increase your beneficial bacteria. Products like Organika’s Collagen or Bone Broth lines can be digestive tract saviours. Organika’s Mushroom Adaptogens, Bee Propolis or Garlic can help decrease bad bacteria. And Organika’s Probiotic + Prebiotic Powder can help repopulate the good guys in your gut.
Q: Is there anything I should avoid in my diet in regards to ensuring ample biotin? A: A diet high in raw egg whites can also lead to biotin deficiencies, due to a protein they contain. This protein blocks the absorption of biotin; cooking deactivates its blocking capacity.