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Biotin (Vitamin H)

Biotin, also know as vitamin H, is part of the B complex group of vitamins. B vitamins help the body to convert food into fuel. B complex vitamins also help the body metabolize fats and protein and are necessary for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function.

Your body uses biotin to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids. Biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails and is found in many cosmetic products for hair and skin. It's water-soluble, meaning the body doesn't store it. Bacteria in the intestine can make biotin however. It's also found in small amounts in some foods. Biotin is important for normal embryonic growth, making it a critical nutrient during pregnancy.

Biotin deficiency is rare and symptoms include hair loss, dry scaly skin, cracking in the corners of the mouth (called cheilitis), swollen and painful tongue that is magenta in color (glossitis), dry eyes, loss of appetite, fatigue, insomnia, and depression.

Biotin is found in brewer's yeast, cooked eggs (especially egg yolk), sardines, almonds, peanuts, pecans, walnuts, soybeans and other legumes, whole grains, cauliflower, bananas, and mushrooms. Raw egg whites contain a protein called avidin that interferes with the body's absorption of biotin. Less-processed versions of the foods listed above ccontain more biotin.

Adequate daily intakes for biotin:

Infants birth - 6 months: 5mcg
Infants 7 - 12 months: 6mcg
Children 1 - 3 years: 8mcg
Children 4 - 8 years: 12mcg
Children 9 - 13 years: 20mcg
Adolescents 14 - 18 years: 25mcg
Adults 19 years and older: 30mcg
Pregnant females: 30mcg
Breastfeeding females: 35mcg
Supplements with this ingredient:
None (for now)

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Biotin (Added on 4/4/2011)

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