Regardless of why hair loss or thinning may be happening to you, biotin supplements can help strengthen your hair and improve your hair growth; preventing damage or breakage that can contribute to hair loss and the appearance of thin hair. Biotin is a complex of the B vitamin and is believed to promote hair growth if you have a biotin deficiency. A biotin deficiency is rare in most people but supplementing can help even in healthy individuals, both to strengthen hair and improve thickness.
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Preventing hair loss
Although taking biotin supplements may not stop you from going bald completely, it could help prevent some hair loss when taken regularly and early on. And, as an added bonus, also helps to give you a glowing complexion and healthier, stronger nails. Supplements in general are an important part of a holistic hair regrowth plan.
The basics on taking biotin as a supplement
Biotin is also known as vitamin H or B7, a water-soluble vitamin. It helps to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and protein. Basically, biotin turns food into energy for your body. If you’re looking to increase your biotin intake with supplements, you can get them over the counter at any local pharmacy. There are many different types and brands of biotin supplements so if you’re considering taking one of the over the counter varieties, it’s important to have a conversation with your doctor first. You want to be sure that the dosage you take is the safest and most beneficial to you.
There are no known negative side effects to taking biotin but it’s important to be cautious when taking any new supplements, particularly if you’re pregnant or nursing. Most prenatal vitamins for example already have biotin in them so you want to be sure you’re not getting more than you need. Only 30 to 100 micrograms per day is recommended by doctors for adults and children.
Getting biotin from what you eat
If you’re hesitant to add a supplement into your daily routine, you can still get a healthy amount of biotin naturally from diet alone. This is why diet is an important category in any balanced, holistic regrowth treatment. There are a number of foods that are rich in biotin: egg yolks, beer, bread (yeast), seeds, almonds, peanuts, walnuts, pecans, salmon, milk, cheese, yogurt, avocados, sweet potatoes, and cauliflower. However, if you’re really serious about your biotin intake, you might consider eating liver or kidneys. Although they’re not the most popular menu item, these two types of meat are the highest natural suppliers of biotin in food.
Biotin is not only important for your hair health and growth but for your skin, eyes, liver, nails, and nervous system as well. Having a good source of biotin keeps your energy levels high throughout the day. Biotin is also crucial for embryonic growth, making it an essential vitamin for pregnant women. It’s tremendously important for the health and development of our bodies’ daily functions, and it also happens to be great for your hair.