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As an important coenzyme involved in protein synthesis, biotin helps keep the "Krebs Cycle" functioning properly to get your body the energy it needs for efficient metabolism. Alongside its role in energy production, biotin helps nourish the scalp and nail beds.
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Also known as vitamin B-7, or vitamin H, this nutrient may be famous for its external benefits, but more benefits of biotin come from the work it does on the inside. So, what exactly is biotin and what does biotin do?
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin and a member of the B-complex family of vitamins. It’s an essential nutrient involved in energy metabolism. More specifically, biotin is a cofactor to five different enzymes that metabolize fat, protein and carbohydrates. Biotin works with your body to produce energy by helping to break down the proteins and fatty acids in your diet. It also plays roles in cellular signalling and gene regulation. While its part in these vital functions is a great reason to make sure you get enough biotin every day, these are not the primary reasons most people choose to take biotin as a supplement.
Biotin is best known for providing nutritional support for hair, skin and nails. It’s used to make hair less brittle, nails thicker and skin healthier. How does it do that? Researchers believe it may do so by improving your body’s keratin structures. Keratin forms the framework of epithelial cells, which line the surfaces and cavities of the body. It’s also the basic protein that makes up your hair, skin and nails and it’s responsible for giving them strength and resilience.
So, if your nails are brittle or your hair is easily damaged, giving your body what it needs to improve keratin structures may do the trick. When your body’s keratin structures are supported, it makes sense that keratin-dependent features would benefit.
While biotin is most often taken to support the health of hair, skin and nails, it may also support energy and cognitive health, as well as healthy nerves and muscles.
Biotin for Hair
Research results suggest that biotin may help significantly boost the thickness and growth of hair. In multiple, placebo-controlled studies, participants complaining of thinning hair that were given oral biotin supplements experienced noticeable and significant increases in hair growth or thickness after 90 and 180 days.
Biotin for Skin
Biotin’s role in skin health isn’t fully understood, but researchers have confirmed that if you have low levels of biotin it may affect the health of your skin. And they suspect that in addition to its role in keratin production, biotin may help promote skin health due to its part in fat metabolism. Your skin cells need access to fatty acids to stay supple and produce the natural oil barrier that helps keep skin hydrated and healthy-looking.
Biotin for Nails
Several scientific studies have shown positive results from using biotin to strengthen nails. One study showed that biotin may increase nail thickness by as much as 25% in individuals that have weak nails. In that study, 63% of participants taking biotin showed an improvement in nail strength after 6 months. Other studies have shown similar results from taking biotin for nails, even for participants with healthy levels of biotin at the beginning of the studies.
Biotin for Energy
Biotin plays important roles in energy production and macronutrient metabolism. Several metabolic enzymes need biotin to function properly and convert the foods we eat into energy our bodies can use, and to initiate processing of macronutrients. Biotin plays a role in the production of glucose from noncarbohydrate sources, fatty acid synthesis, and the breakdown of amino acids, all of which are related to energy production.
Biotin for Cognitive Health
One of the same energy-supporting processes that require biotin also helps fuel the brain. Glucose is one of your brain’s basic needs for cognitive performance. And biotin is required for an essential enzyme in the gluconeogenic pathway. Your brain also needs many other B-complex vitamins for glucose oxidation, so if cognitive performance is your goal, be sure to meet your daily requirements of the full range of B vitamins, including biotin.
Biotin for Men
Biotin is used by many men to help promote hair growth and thickness, including taking biotin for beard and moustache growth. It may also help men keep their nails strong and skin healthy. Biotin isn’t just for women—It’s healthy for everyone!
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