Hi Hair lovers!!!
The question frequently asked in the healthy hair environment is that should one use supplements such as Biotin to help with hair grow? Now before we dwell more on the question it is important for us to know why, and when should these kind of supplements be used.
What is Biotin?
According to healthline; Biotin, or vitamin H is a water-soluble vitamin that’s a part of the complex B vitamins. It helps the body metabolize fats and carbohydrates, biotin has been linked to improved hair health and maintaining proper functions of the nervous system.
Biotin acts as a co-enzyme in the body that’s needed for the metabolism of fatty acids, amino acids and glucose. This means that when we eat foods that are sources of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, vitamin B7 biotin must be present in order to convert and use these macronutrients for bodily energy, to carry out physical activities and for proper psychological functioning.
There are a number of companies which have added biotin in theirs hair and skin beauty products, although it’s believed to not be absorbed very well through the skin and actually must be ingested to be fully beneficial.
How much is enough biotin?
Between 30 and 100 mcg per day of biotin is often recommended for adolescents and adults (huffingtonpost). There are certain foods which gives us the minimum allowance which are eggs, organ meats, nuts, cauliflower and mushrooms to mention a few.
When should Biotin be used?
- Biotin is used for preventing and treating biotin deficiency associated with pregnancy, long-term tube feeding, malnutrition, and rapid weight loss.
- It is also used orally for hair loss, brittle nails, skin rash in infants (seborrhea dermatitis), diabetes, and mild depression.
- There is some evidence that diabetes could result in biotin deficiency.
What are the side effects of Biotin?
- Most people who have used product which are high in Biotin have complained about cystic acne on the chin and jaw line.
- Other biotin side effects are increased growth of facial hair and fine body hairs, which can be unpleasant especially for women.
What to do when these effects occur?
- Discontinue immediately and consult your doctor,
- drink plenty of water to reduce the risk of developing cystic acne.
- doctors recommend that you begin the regimen at a lower dose with gradual increase as this gives your body time to adapt to the supplements
Would you use it?
- I think it all depends on a persons needs, if your hair is thinning i would use it with the correct hair regimen.
- We should always remember that a good well balanced nutrition plays an important role in the overall health of our skin and hair.
- We must consume at least 2litres of water a day.
What it your take on using supplements for hair growth?