Vitamin B7 (Biotin)

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Nature’s Sunshine Vitamin B complex

What is it?

Water soluble nutrient also known as Vitamin B7, Coenzyme R, Factor W, Factor S, Factor H, Factor X and Vitamin H. It is part of the vitamin B complex and is involved in energy production, carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism, skin, hair and nail health.

Function How it helps
Essential coenzyme Needed for the conversion of glucose from dietary carbohydrates into energy; the building and metabolism of proteins; nucleic acid synthesis; the production and metabolism of fatty acids; and the activation of folic acid.
Hair Skin & Nail Health Benefits general scalp health, it’s role in protein utilisation and fatty acid synthesis and metabolism help to justify its popularity as a supplement for general hair quality and growth.
Blood Sugar regulation Proper glucose metabolism is dependent on adequate biotin intake

 

What is it used for?

Seborrheic dermatitis including “cradle cap”

Alopecia, when associated with seborrheic dermatitis
General nail, skin, hair and scalp health Dandruff
Brittle nails Hyperglycaemia

 

Best food sources

Whole wheat

Brown rice

Nuts

Brewer’s yeast

Liver

Cheese

Oatmeal

Mushrooms

Cauliflower

Dark green vegetables Egg yolk Fruit

 

Deficiency Symptoms
Seborrheic dermatitis including “cradle cap” Grey skin tone loss of appetite
Nausea Dandruff Skin rash
Fatigue

Supplementation dosage range

100-1000mcg per day

Other information

Cradle cap in breastfed babies seems to improve when the mother eats more biotin rich foods.

Cautions

No known toxicity for levels found in supplements.

High doses of single B-vitamins may deplete other B-vitamins; therefore if high doses are required, supplementation with a multivitamin or B-complex is advised.

Please note: Especially in babies, intestinal defects in absorption or cell binding can lead to deficiencies even where intake and production by intestinal bacteria are sufficient. Both adults and children are at greater risk of deficiency in cases of long-term therapy with prescribed antibiotics.

 

Factors which deplete levels, impair absorption and/or inhibit activity:

Consumption of raw egg whites

Antibiotics

Oral contraceptives

Alcohol

Diuretics

Stress

Tea and coffee

Stress

 

 

 

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