Advertisement

What is the role of biotin in my body?

Biotin is a water-soluble B vitamin that supports the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and amino acids. Though rare, a biotin deficiency can result in hair loss and rashes around the eyes, nose and mouth, as well as an increased vulnerability to bacterial and fungal infections.

Diabetes Prevention
Type 2 diabetics often have low levels of biotin, which seems to interfere with the body’s ability to properly utilize glucose. Researchers believe that biotin is involved in the synthesis and release of insulin, and preliminary studies suggest that it may help improve blood sugar control.

Biotin also has some cosmetic benefits. Animal husbandry researchers found that fortifying feed with biotin helped treat hoof abnormalities in horses and hogs.. Could biotin also strengthen brittle nails among humans? Researchers found that increased biotin intake did indeed thicken nails by 25 percent. Aim to get your biotin from your diet since no safe upper limit has been established.

Continue Learning about Biotin

Ways Biotin Can Skew Test Results
Ways Biotin Can Skew Test Results
Bio-fuel, biotin supplements and biosphere: Which “bio” does the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommend you avoid if you want to get a proper re...
Read More
Is biotin deficiency common in children?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Biotin (also known as vitamin H) is found in plenty of kid-friendly foods, including eggs, nuts ...
More Answers
What are the side effects of Nail-ex?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
It's rare to experience side effects from Nail-ex or other biotin supplements. There have been occas...
More Answers
Can biotin cause an allergic reaction?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
In rare cases, supplements of biotin (also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H) may cause allergic ...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.