The human body cannot synthesize biotin. Only bacteria, molds, yeasts, algae, and certain plants can make it, so the diet needs to supply it.
Unused biotin is eliminated in urine, so the body does not build up reserves. It must be consumed daily.
Biotin supplements are widely available in health food stores, but biotin deficiency is rare, and there is little evidence to suggest that most people need them.
According to the European Food Safety Authority, biotin contributes to:
- Metabolism of nutrients
- Energy-producing metabolism
- Maintaining hair, skin and mucous membranes
- Nervous system function
- Psychological function
Applications of Vitamin H
Many of its proposed uses are based on weak evidence or case reports:
1- Hair and Nail Problems
2- Cradle Cap (Seborrheic Dermatitis)
4- Peripheral Neuropathy
5- For Proper Metabolic Function
6- Biotin for Skin
7- It Treats Multiple Sclerosis
8- It Balances Cholesterol Levels
9- It Relieves Muscle Cramps
10- For Blood Sugar levels
At least one study suggests biotin may help restore taste among people who have lost their sense of taste. Patients supplemented their diets with 10-20 mg of biotin daily to produce the effects. More research is needed.