What should seniors know before using Meribin?

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Before using Meribin -- or any other dietary supplement -- seniors should consult their doctors to be sure that it is safe and appropriate for them and won't interact with any medications they are taking. Meribin supplements contain 5 milligrams (mg) of biotin, a B vitamin that is present in every living cell and some foods. Biotin-rich foods include bananas, eggs, nuts, soybeans and other legumes, whole-grain foods and dairy products.

The National Academy of Sciences has determined that 30 micrograms (mcg) of biotin is an adequate daily intake for adults; most adults will get this much if they eat a well-balanced diet. However, biotin supplements may be recommended for adults who are deficient in biotin.

Some research has suggested that biotin may help improve symptoms in people who have diabetic peripheral neuropathy (tingling, numbness and pain in the arms, hands, legs or feet). Preliminary research also suggests that a combination of biotin and chromium may help people with diabetes control their blood sugar. However, more research is needed to confirm these benefits.