Biotin is a water soluble vitamin, which means that it is unable to be stored in the body; therefore, it needs to be replenished on a regular basis. Biotin is also known as Vitamin H, and it belongs to the Vitamin B group.
Biotin is an important vitamin because it converts certain nutrients into much needed energy. Additionally, this vitamin is crucial to keeping your skin, hair, and nails healthy and strong. Deficiency is rare, but if you are low in this vitamin, your hair will be brittle and will easily break or pulls out. Also, your skin will be scaly, red and itchy.
Foods that naturally contain Biotin include:
- Organ meats, such as liver
Due to the fact that Biotin is found is common foods, deficiency of Biotin is uncommon; however, the risk of lacking this important vitamin increases in people who:
- Drink heavily
- Have liver disease
- Are pregnant
- Individuals who eat a diet full of high processed foods
- People with hepatitis
- People with brittle nails.
- Individuals who have neuropathy (nerve pain in their extremities)
Symptoms associated with Biotin deficiency include, but are not limited to: dry eyes, hair loss, scaly skin, and cracking on the corners of your mouth.
It is possible that your Biotin levels are low, so call the office today at 949-650-0616 to get checked. Your health is our priority, so let us help you looking and feeling your best.