Biotin, what you need to know
Clinical Herbalist Reviewed on July 15, 2015 by Paulina Nelega, RH
Posted in Blog
“You Better Shop Around” – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles were on to something big when they coined that phrase. It applies to pretty much every smart shopping choice you make – and is especially true when it comes to your health supplements, including hair growth supplements.
Whether you’re doing a Google search, or walking up and down your neighborhood pharmacy aisles, your quest for healthy hair will inevitably introduce you to biotin. Products with high amounts of biotin are a popular trend for individuals looking for “hair loss” help. But do they work? It pays to find out whether all the hype around biotin truly adds up!
The simple truth is, though biotin does help maintain healthy hair, and a deficiency of it can be associated with alopecia (hair loss), biotin deficiency is actually extremely rare.
So why do some hair supplements have 5000 mcg and as much as 10,000 mcg of biotin?
Pro Tip: You don’t need that much – at all!
Because it is so easy to obtain our daily requirement of biotin from our diet (as well, our intestinal bacteria produce biotin – generally in excess of our body’s daily needs), there is NO Recommended Dietary Intake (RDI) level. The ‘adequate intake’ level – the minimum amount needed to ensure that disease (including alopecia) associated with deficiency does not occur – is only 25 micrograms daily (note: this is micrograms, not milligrams). Excess is simply eliminated.
Here are some more facts about biotin that are going to save you time, money, and disappointment and help you understand biotin like a pro!
There are eight different forms (stereoisomers) of biotin, however, only one of them is biologically active: d-biotin. This is the form that is included in our proprietary Hair Essentials formula.
Biotin assists in many metabolic reactions, including the production of healthy scalp oils. Too much or too little oil on the scalp can impede or inhibit hair growth. Biotin improves the metabolism of scalp oils, making the scalp a healthier environment for hair to grow in.
The fact is, water-soluble vitamins, including biotin and other B vitamins, are not stored in the body (unlike fat-soluble vitamins – A, D, E, K – which are stored). Any excess – the amount that isn’t immediately used by the body – is rapidly excreted via the urinary tract. That’s science lingo for ‘you pee it out quickly.’ Mega-dosing with biotin is literally flushing your money down the drain.
You are entitled to thicker, healthier, faster-growing hair, without the celebrity stylist prices. If you’re tired of flash-in-the-pan miracle fads (like biotin) that promise you a Beyonce-like coiffe, let Hair Essentials and it’s clinically proven natural formula simplify your life, and save you time and money in the process.
Renewed confidence + healthy hair starts here, with Hair Essentials.
Originally published here: http://www.hairessentials.com/blog/biotin-what-you-need-to-know/
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Paulina Nelega, RH, has been in private practice as a Clinical Herbalist for over 15 years. She has developed and taught courses in herbal medicine, and her articles on health have appeared in numerous publications. She is very passionate about the healing power of nature. Ask Dr. Jan