Biotin supplements, sometimes called Vitamin H (from the German words for hair and skin, “Haar und Haut”) or B7, has experienced a serious boom in the health supplement world when it was discovered that a deficiency of this necessary nutrient could lead to thinning hair and brittle nails. While it’s not yet completely understood why a lack of biotin targets hair, studies have shown that increasing intake can improve hair health in those with a deficiency.

Biotin’s Role in Whole Body Health

Biotin’s day job is helping your body metabolize fats and carbohydrates. It also plays a role in creating your DNA, which allows your cells to reproduce with the correct genetic information.

We typically get plenty from the foods we eat, especially wheat, egg yolk, nuts, peas, and beans. Unfortunately, people with digestive disorders or who simply don’t have a well-rounded diet may not be getting enough biotin to support their body’s needs.

Those who live with celiac disease, Crohn’s disease, and other disorders that cause the body to struggle when absorbing nutrients are particularly at risk. Children who are allergic to or dislike biotin-rich foods can also develop a deficiency.

Because of its role in DNA replication, biotin is particularly important for pregnant and breastfeeding women. If a woman is not getting enough biotin through her diet, it can mean that newborns aren’t receiving an adequate amount through breast milk to support their growth and development.

As if this super-nutrient wasn’t already doing enough, it can also help your mood. If you’re lacking the vitamins that help convert nutrients into energy, you are more prone to tiredness and mood swings.

Finding the Right Biotin Supplement

Ready to revamp your body’s biotin supply? At Advanced Skin Therapeutics, we recommend Elon’s R3 Extra Strength. Its formula contains Aqua-Nutrient Complex, biotin, silica, and L-Cysteine, all of which help promote healthier, thicker, and stronger hair.  Also available are Elon Matrix 5000 mcg with or without multi-vitamins.

This supplement takes time, but in 4-6 months, you’ll begin to see less hair loss and more thick, luscious growth.

Before you start any biotin regimen, it’s important that you speak with your doctor or dermatologist. While biotin is water-soluble, meaning that the body eliminates excess naturally, you’ll want to check in about possible side effects and recommended dosage. This is especially true if you are pregnant or nursing.

Set up an appointment with our providers to learn more about supporting your hair’s health.