What is biotin and why is it so important?
Many people are taking biotin for hair growth in hopes of thicker, fuller hair. What is it you might ask. Biotin is classified as a vitamin B complex, it’s usually referred to as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H. It’s necessary for all living organisms, being used at building and maintaining a healthy immune system. Not only will it promote hair growth, it will promote healthy skin and nails. Biotin = healthier, longer, stronger hair
Biotin is found in the following foods;
Egg yolk, liver, certain vegetables(mushrooms, cauliflower), peanuts, salmon, oysters, poultry, certain fruits (avocados, raspberries), yeast, bread (whole grain), oatmeal, dairy products (cheese and milk)
Non-hair related benefits:
- Healthier Skin and Nails
- Better Metabolism
- Regulates Blood Sugar
- Promotes Digestive Health
I have never really heard of negative side effects regarding biotin. Some people claim that it sometimes flares up their acne. If the vitamin is taken within the recommended amount, then their shouldn’t be any problems. If you think side effects occur because of biotin, then lower the dosage or stop taking it.
So, how much will biotin increase your hair growth? Well, since every individual is different. Previously before taking biotin I was growing my hair at about 1/2 inch a month and increased to about 3/4 inch. On the other hand, i’ve heard of people getting better results, and others not really seeing much of an improvement.
Recommended daily amount: 1,000mcg. Many sites say up to 5,000mcg, but i think that’s way too much. 1,000mcg will be sufficient.