Biotin is a B Vitamin (B7), also known as Vitamin H. It is primarily useful for metabolic processes like conversion of carbohydrates, fats, and protein into energy for complete utilisation by the body.
Warning signs of biotin deficiency include hair loss, and skin rashes especially around the nose or mouth.
Biotin is considered very safe. Whatever amount of biotin is not required is eventually flushed out from the body.
Since biotin is a water soluble member of the Vitamin B family, it is better to consume it with the first meal of the day. It is known to increase metabolism and heighten your energy which may interfere with your sleep if taken at night.
If you are experiencing hair thinning and hair loss, biotin may assist you with that. Apart from that, it may also help you with overall hair health, making them stronger and shinier.
Certain people are more likely than others to experience biotin deficiency. Those include-
- People with a rare disorder called Biotinidase Deficiency.
- People with alcohol dependence.
- Pregnant or nursing women.
If you are pregnant or nursing, consult your healthcare professional before taking any supplement.