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Biotin is the B vitamin and the co-enzyme, which is known as vitamin H. It is the classic supplement used for treating brittle nails and many other body ailments. Although one can get biotin with supplements, you may get it by consuming certain foods. The body also tends to recycle the biotin naturally. So, there can be less chances of developing biotin deficiency.

Benefits of taking biotin

  • Intake of biotin supports healthy skin, healthy digestive tract, nerves, body cells and metabolism
  • Biotin can address certain kinds of nerve pathology like the peripheral neuropathy which is the condition generally resulting from diabetes and kidney failure
  • Biotin compound is known for treating body ailments like Type 2 diabetes
  • Improves blood sugar level if biotin is coupled with chromium
  • Decreases the insulin resistance and the nervous symptoms relating to the type 2 diabetes
  • Strengthens brittle nails
  • Treats hair loss, cradle cap, hepatitis, and depression

Natural sources of biotin
Biotin is present in food naturally. There are some food grains like whole-grain cereals, wheat germ where biotin can be found. Then, whole wheat bread, dairy and poultry products, eggs, Swiss chard, nuts, chicken, salmon are the rich sources of biotin. Biotin in foods is basically attached with protein that has poor absorption rate.

When should you take biotin?
If you are suffering from skin diseases, Type 2 diabetes, digestive tract problem, kidney diseases, peripheral neuropathy, you can take biotin. Pregnant and breastfeeding ladies with lower levels of biotin can consume it.

When should you avoid biotin?
You must avoid taking the biotin supplement if you are using the cholesterol drugs. The effect of the drug may get weakened with the biotin supplement. People who suffer from epilepsy must stop taking the biotin supplement since the effectiveness of the epilepsy drug will get diminished.

Quantity to be taken
People of different ages need different levels of biotin. People between 14 and18 must regularly consume 25mcg and those between 19 and up must consume 30mcg per day. Breastfeeding ladies require 35mcg of biotin.

Expert tips/ Precautions

  • Biotin supplement is well tolerated and so the dosage may move onto higher levels
  • Pregnant and breastfeeding women must consult the doctor before in-taking biotin
  • It may interact with other drugs
  • Always take the advice of pediatrician before giving biotin to children