Biotin or vitamin H is part of the complex B vitamins. Along with helping the body metabolise fats and carbohydrates, biotin has been linked to improved hair health and maintaining proper function of the nervous system.
1. Strengthen hair and nails: There is strong evidence to support a deficiency will cause hair loss. Similarly, the vitamin may also help thicken nail cuticles and prevents breakage.
2. Improve the health of your skin: A biotin deficiency can lead to a variety of skin problems including rashes, acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and overall itchiness.
3. Supports your metabolism: Biotin plays a pivotal role in supporting metabolic function. Your resting metabolic rate is elevated and food breaks down faster when consuming biotin.
4. Lower cholesterol: Biotin has shown to play a role in lowering cholesterol in animal studies. Preliminary research has shown biotin can help reduce LDL (bad cholesterol) levels.
5. Regulate blood sugar: Pairing biotin with chromium has been show to lower glucose levels.
Biotin is widely available and can be found in many foods such cooked eggs, egg yolks, soy, walnuts, whole grains, beans and legumes. It can also be found in a multivitamin, B complex or in pure tablet form and is readily available over the counter.