Biotin is a water-soluble B-complex vitamin that helps the body metabolize proteins and process glucose. It is also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H.All B vitamins help the body to convert food (carbohydrates) into fuel (glucose), which is used to produce energy. These B vitamins often referred to as B complex vitamins, also help the body metabolize fats and protein. Biotin is an important component of enzymes involved in metabolizing fats and carbohydrates, influencing cell growth, and affecting amino acids involved in protein synthesis. Your body needs biotin to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, and amino acids, the building blocks of protein.B complex vitamins are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Biotin is a water-soluble that helps the body metabolize proteins and process glucose. It is also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H.
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 the 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.