Guest Post by Natural Healthy Concepts Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that our bodies need for multiple functions like creating energy, supporting healthy-looking hair, skin, and nails, and the liver. But did you know that some studies suggest that biotin may also boost metabolism and encourage weight loss?
How Biotin Supports Healthy Weight Management
Biotin, sometimes referred to as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, is essential to our metabolic process as it breaks down amino acids and processes most foods we ingest, including carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The idea is, if we maintain regular or elevated biotin levels, this will help our bodies process these foods faster, turning them to energy and boosting our metabolism instead of leaving them to become fat cells.
We all know that our bodies turn excess calories into fat, but before that can happen a specific enzyme involved in this process requires biotin. Without biotin, this enzyme may not synthesize available fats for energy, and instead will seek energy from other available sources such as glucose or protein. As a consequence, the body will store the unused fats and thereby increase body weight.
Other helpful enzymes in the body also use biotin. For example, one type of enzyme supports the production of glucose in the liver to help maintain blood sugar levels when your body needs energy but lacks the dietary carbohydrates required. This support for glucose levels in the body is essential for certain health conditions, such as diabetes, those who are moderately or severely overweight, and individuals with metabolic concerns.
People who suffer from enzyme or biotin deficiencies may greatly benefit from taking a biotin supplement and can also consider changing their dietary habits. There are many great food choice that contain biotin and may help to fill nutritional gaps and help ensure healthy biotin levels in the body.
Common Sources of Biotin:
- Cauliflower, Raw
- Cheese, Cheddar
- Egg, Cooked
- Fortified Cereal
- Pork, Cooked
- Salmon, Cooked
- Whole Grains
If these foods don’t fit your taste profile or you can’t eat them as a result of dietary challenges, a biotin supplement may be ideal when looking to address nutritional gaps.Taking these supplements will help you reach or exceed your daily requirements.
Daily Recommended Intake of Biotin:
- Infants 0 – 6 months: 5 mcg (microgram)
- Infants 7 – 12 months: 6 mcg
- Children 1 – 3 years: 8 mcg
- Children 4 – 8 years: 12 mcg
- Children 9 – 13 years: 20 mcg
- Adolescents 14 – 18 years: 25 mcg
- Adults 19 years and older: 30 mcg
- Pregnant women: 30 mcg
- Breastfeeding women: 35 mcg
While one primary reason to take a biotin supplement would be to correct a biotin deficiency, you can potentially glean other positive benefits as well.
The Beauty Vitamin
Biotin is much more than a vitamin for support of enzymatic production and activity. Biotin is also known for helping to structure amino-acids that bind proteins and other compounds found in the hair, nails, skin. That is why you will find many health and personal care products advertised as containing biotin. The benefits of biotin also extend to our vital organs, such the eyes, liver and even the central nervous system.
Central Nervous System
People who suffer from a disabling neurological condition may, in fact, have damaged or destroyed myelin. Myelin protects the nerve fibers in the brain, spinal cord, and eyes. Biotin is believed to assist in the production of myelin. In a pilot study, early results showed that 90% of participants had experienced some degree of clinical improvement primarily in their vision and spinal cord health after consistently taking biotin supplements.
Get The Biotin Your Body Needs
Biotin is available as single supplements or as part of multivitamins in gelatin, capsules, vegetable capsules, soft-gels, tablets, lozenges, oral strips, gummies, chewables, drink mixes, smoothies, energy bars, and kids’ vitamins. You will also find it in personal care and beauty products that you apply to your hair, skin, and nails. Knowing how readily available biotin is, there is no excuse not get the biotin your body needs.
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