Biotin is a water-soluble B-vitamin, also called vitamin B7 and formerly known as vitamin H or coenzyme R. It is an important component of enzymes within the body that break down certain substances such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats, which all each have their respective enzymes that are required to break them down. The main role of these vitamins is to help the body with the conversion of food into usable energy, something which is extremely vital for our every-day functions, particularly for those who are active and fitness orientated.
Biotin is necessary for cell growth, the production of fatty acids, and the metabolism of fats and amino acids. Biotin assists in various metabolic reactions involving the transfer of carbon dioxide. It may also be helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. Biotin is often recommended as a dietary supplement for strengthening hair and nails, though scientific data supporting this outcome are weak. Nevertheless, biotin is found in many cosmetics and health products for the hair and skin.
Biotin deficiency typically occurs from dietary absence of the vitamin. Deficiency symptoms include:
- Brittle and thin fingernails
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Dermatitis in the form of a scaly, red rash around the eyes, nose, mouth, and genital area.
- Neurological symptoms in adults, such as depression, lethargy, hallucination, and numbness and tingling of the extremities.
The neurological and psychological symptoms can occur with only mild deficiencies. Dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and hair loss will generally occur only when deficiency becomes more severe.
There are many benefits which biotin has to offer, most of which are to do with physical appearance.
- Strengthens Hair
- Strengthens Nails
- Improves Skin
- Helps Build and Repair Muscles
- Lowers the Cholesterol
- Supports Metabolism
Biotin is one of the main ingredients in Doc Pharma Health and Wellness Products Doc Collagen and Doc Aloe Vera.
Doc Collagen helps maintaining a firmer skin, strong hair and nails, joints, as well as enhancing the immune system.
Doc Aloe Vera contributes to the protection of cells from oxidative stress (deactivate free radicals), maintenance of normal hair, skin and nails and normal functioning of the immune and nervous system.