Biotin is one of the most popular vitamins for faster growing hair. Everywhere you turn another hair vitamin retailer pushes the limits of truth and reality on the possibilities of this seamless superhero of a vitamin. When you understand how biotin really works, I think you may have a new appreciation for biotin but for different reasons than you may have had in the past.
Biotin is, great for hair. It is a B complex vitamin and is water-soluble. The FDA has not “approved” Biotin for anything. With the right dose amount of biotin, you can get an outstanding effect going. More about that later.
All the B vitamins are exceptional for the hair as they:
work together with B7 (biotin) to convert the food you eat i.e.,. Protein, into energy and break substances down food into usable elements the body can utilize. Biotin alone isn’t as magical as scam artists taunting it as a hair loss treatment will have you believe. There isn't one study that proves biotin can do anything for hair loss except in individuals that have a biotin deficiency. It is exceedingly rare for a person in the civilized world to have a deficiency of biotin as it is very common in the foods available to eat. If biotin had been proven, it would be classified as a drug that can “diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease” and would be listed with the FDA and FTC as a drug. As of the writing of paper, there are two, Propecia and Rogaine (Minoxidil).
Do Biotin pills go by any other names?
Yes, some of the names are listed below but the scientific name is biotin:
· Vitamin B7
· Vitamin H
· Coenzyme R
Why is there a Biotin Vitamin B7 Hair Party and Who is Joe Bob?
I have read on so many occasions that someone is having hair trouble and is setting out on a magical quest to try "biotin" (angel music playing in the background) in hopes it is the almighty vitamin sent from the hair Gods. The truth is a bit less monumental, but the story does have a happy ending if you follow along. The problem starts when someone hears or reads that biotin helped someone's hair grow. I speak here of a real study, not from Joe Bob's website. Here is where all the misinformation starts. A symptom of biotin deficiency is hair loss or a thinning of the hair. If you have a deficiency like this and take biotin, your hair growth should return to normal. The fact is taking just a biotin supplement alone is will not produce the result near what you might expect than by taking a balanced approached where the B complex vitamins can work synergistically together. The best balance of any supplement made to get this effect is Hair Formula 37 as it was made for this very purpose.
I hate to put the brakes on the biotin party, but there is no evidence that biotin helps people with hair loss that do not have a deficiency of biotin. I’ll get to in a bit why that isn’t so bad. If you use biotin topically as in a shampoo in hopes it will help your hair, please save your money. Biotin shampoos do nothing for the hair because it contains biotin.
Use caution when getting information on the Internet about Biotin’s / Vitamin B7 benefits
How fast does hair grow with Biotin?
Biotin or Vitamin B7 is an incredible member of the B-complex vitamins that converts our food into energy. Here is a shocker. You’ve heard all the hype of how sensational biotin is for hair growth, right? Most every study showing how Biotin affects the hair have been done studying vitamin B7 deficiency. A lack of vitamin B7 - biotin can precede slower hair growth, thinning hair and hair loss.
Who are good candidates for biotin deficiency?
Again, keep in mind biotin deficiency is extremely rare. There are some groups that stand a higher likelihood of their bodies running low on biotin.
· People who are taking antibiotics over a long period of time.
· Those with long term usage of anticonvulsant drugs
· Some evidence suggests that diabetes may cause biotin deficiency
· People on dialysis may have low levels of biotin.
· Consuming raw egg whites daily for an extended period, possibly for months or years may lower biotin in the body. Remember the movie Rocky? He used to drink raw eggs every day, run until he couldn't anymore and then go crazy on a punching bag. New studies show that egg whites contain a chemical called Avidin. Avidin a protein found in eggs may act as an antibiotic in eggs of birds. It has a binding affinity however to biotin. It grabs on to biotin and prevents it from being absorbed into the body. This situation can become serious (possibly) over a period of months or years of daily consumption of raw eggs (whites). Cooking eggs changes Avidin chemically so this action is dramatically altered.
There are other real reasons people can have a deficiency of biotin. Listed below are some reasons why:
· Hereditary disorders
· High-carbohydrate diets
· Insufficient dietary intake
· People experiencing rapid weight loss
· Patients on long-term intravenous feeding
· Normal pregnancy
· Emotional Stress
Hair loss and biotin, is there hope for regrowth?
As of today, there isn’t one published scientific study that proves biotin is effective in treating hair loss (alopecia). If you are a Dr.Oz fan, he says, biotin can help with the strength of the hair so it may be less likely to fall out or break off. Who am I to argue with Dr.Oz? I'll just be silent and smile at his comment.
There is some evidence biotin might increase the thickness of fingernails and toenails in people with brittle nails. That’s the good news.
What is the good news about Biotin?
A pill that only contains vitamin B7 / Biotin can help the hair as much as if it were taken with other nutrients, because biotin needs other B Vitamins in order to work effectively. Now wait, you just said biotin can't do much for the hair. Oh on the contrary! Biotin when combined with other B complex vitamins can help metabolize protein in the body. Your hair needs the amino acids in the protein to grow. A daily hair vitamin that contains biotin as well as other B vitamins and amino acids is the best way to get healthier, longer hair. Add some zinc into the mixture and you have the start of synergy. Hair Formula 37 has been on top of this since 1995. A supplement of biotin for hair growth will actually improve the health of hair as long as it is taken with the right vitamins, minerals, herbs, and amino acids to create this synergistic effect. As Biotin aids in cell growth, hair follicles begin to produce healthier hair at a much faster rate. Other vitamin makers talk about synergy but have no real clue how their supplement has it (synergy) most say theirs does because it has become a catch phrase.
What is the optimal dose of Biotin?
1800 mcg / day is the perfect amount of biotin? Why?
It certainly isn't these extreme doses like 2000 mcg -10, 000+ mcg. All that is going to do is possibly irritated the skin, and you may develop a case of acne. The remaining amount not used will be eliminated from as biotin doesn't store in the body. Hair Formula 37 hair vitamins contain an optimum 1800 mcg of biotin per serving. These amounts ensure that you are getting the optimum amount of biotin for faster hair growth. That is why HF37 is 100% guaranteed to be the best hair supplement available anywhere! There is no recommended dietary allowance (RDA) established for biotin.
37 biotin rich foods. Start with a healthy diet rich in biotin
HF37 is the only nutritional hair supplement that's formulated with the exact right amount of biotin to speed up your hair growth. We have always stated that one of the best things you can do for your hair is have a well-balanced diet. Biotin is prevalent in many foods. Below is a small listing of great sources to include natural Biotin in your diet.
· Swiss chard
· Dairy products
· Meat in general
· Oily fish
· Goat’s milk
· Sunflower Seeds
· Peanut butter
· Whole Wheat Bread
· Soy Bean
· Vegetables (Dark green veggies are best)
· Legumes ( black-eyed peas and kidney beans)
· Sweet potatoes
· Vegetable oil
As with any dietary supplement we always recommend you consultant with your doctor prior to starting any supplemental diet program. This article was written by Mike Trobee who is very well versed in nutrition but is not a medical doctor.