There are many names for biotin, including coenzyme R, vitamin B7 and vitamin H.
In simple terms,vitamin B7 is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin that is often found in foods. Biotin is required by the human body for cell growth, producing fatty acids and it’s also essential for the metabolism of amino acids and fats.
Using Biotin for Hair Growth: The Reason People Take It
Over the years, biotin supplements have been used to treat numerous conditions, but most naturals who take it have one common goal. There is a common belief that taking a biotin supplement will improve your ability to grow long hair.
Using vitamins for hair growth is common is the natural hair community. Biotin supplements are frequently recommended for faster hair growth (i.e., increasing the overall hair growth rate) and for strengthening nails – even though there’s not much scientific data to support its effectiveness.
According to clinical references, researchers haven’t come to an agreement on the benefits of taking additional biotin as an oral supplement. There is anecdotal evidence that suggests biotin overdose may have additional benefits. However, I have not found any supporting scientific evidence that verifies the perception that biotin improves hair growth potential. Nevertheless, biotin is commonly found in a variety of health and cosmetic products for skin and hair.
Did you know that deficiencies are very rare?
Biotin deficiency is extremely rare, particularly due to the fact that it’s available in a wide range of foods and that the human body needs very little biotin. The average person doesn’t need a biotin supplement.
You receive vitamin B7 naturally in everyday foods like whole-grain cereals, whole wheat bread, eggs, dairy products, salmon and chicken. Note that this isn’t a complete list of foods that provide vitamin B7.
Although, it’s important to note that since our bodies can recycle vitamin B7 that the body already contains, genuine deficiencies of vitamin B7 are very rare. If you believe you have a deficiency, we always recommend working with an appropriately licensed medical professional to create a personalize plan of treatment.