Biotin is a member of the B complex family, but it is not actually a vitamin. It is a coenzyme that works with vitamins. It is produced naturally in small amounts by the intestines. Biotin used to be known as Vitamin H. Biotin is found in many foods, including oatmeal, vegetables, peanuts, mushrooms, egg yolks, rice, nuts, spinach, potatoes and poultry and beef. Biotin gets its name from the Greek word bios, which means “life” and was first isolated in 1936. Biotin is water-soluble, so any excess will be eliminated in the urine.
Biotin is necessary for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and protein. As a coenzyme, it is involved in a number of processes and is utilised by every cell in the body. Biotin is involved in energy metabolism, and plays a role in enabling the body to use glucose. Thus, Biotin is helpful in maintaining a steady blood sugar level. It is essential for cell growth and replication.
It helps form and maintain chemical structures in keratin (the major protein found in hair and nails). Biotin is often recommended for strengthening hair and nails. Consequently, it is found in many cosmetic and health products for the hair and skin.
• Important for hair, skin and nail health
• Essential nutrient for carbohydrate metabolism
• Required for synthesis of fatty acids
• Helps to maintain a healthy nervous system
• Assists in converting food to energy
• Involved in transformation of amino acids into protein
• Contributes to health of sex glands and sweat glands
• Promotes normal cell growth