Everyone wants luscious locks and strong nails. So, it’s no wonder why so many people are popping biotin supplements like candy.
But what is biotin, and can it really give you the hair of your dreams? Let’s take a look at the facts.
What is Biotin?
Biotin (also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H) is a water-soluble vitamin that plays an important role in metabolizing fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. It's also essential for healthy skin and hair growth.
Naturally occurring sources of biotin include nuts, eggs, milk, cheese, avocados, salmon, organ meats such as liver and kidney, whole-grain breads and cereals, sweet potatoes, carrots, cauliflower, and mushrooms.
However, many people supplement their diets with additional biotin due to its touted benefits.
Are there Side Effects?
The good news is that biotin has no known serious side effects when taken in recommended doses.
However, some people have reported mild gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea or diarrhea after taking too much biotin.
Also, since biotin helps break down fatty acids and carbohydrates, it might interfere with certain medications used to lower cholesterol or treat diabetes by potentially interfering with the way these medications work in the body.
Additionally, if you suffer from a thyroid disorder or Graves' disease you should avoid taking high doses of biotin because it can interfere with thyroid hormone production in these cases.
Lastly, pregnant women should consult their physician before taking any kind of dietary supplement, and anyone diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis since supplements may worsen symptoms associated with these diseases.
How Much Should I Take?
The daily recommended dose for adults 19 years old and older is 30 mcg per day; however, those who wish to take a larger dose should not exceed 2 mg daily without consulting their physician first.
Taking too much won't necessarily make your hair thicker but it could cause other unpleasant side effects such as skin rashes or digestive issues mentioned above.
And contrary to popular belief taking too much will not cause weight gain either since biotin does not contain calories or fat; however like all vitamins too much of a good thing can be bad for you so be sure to stick within the recommended dosage guidelines!
In conclusion, there's no need to fear the power of biotin!
Just remember to always consult your physician before starting any new supplement regimen—especially if you are pregnant—and don't forget to read labels carefully so that you know exactly what ingredients are contained in any product you plan on consuming!
With these helpful tips in mind, there's no reason why adding this nutrient powerhouse into your daily routine won't help give you the glowing skin and enviable locks you've been dreaming of!
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