Can Biotin Help Your Hair, Skin, and Nails?

August 1, 2016

You may have seen biotin listed on the label of products and supplements that can help your hair, skin, and nails, but you may not know what biotin is. Biotin is part of the B complex of vitamins and is sometimes also called vitamin H.  These B vitamins help our bodies convert food into energy. Adults and adolescents need between 30 and 100 mcg of biotin a day. Most people get plenty of biotin from a normal, healthy diet.

Biotin deficiencies are not very common and in fact tend to be found in pregnant women or in people with Type 1 diabetes. However, doctors may prescribe biotin supplements for people with hair loss or a red scaly rash on their skin. You can also get biotin from the following sources-

  • egg yolk
  • organ meats (liver, kidney)
  • nuts, like almonds, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts
  • nut butters
  • soybeans and other legumes
  • whole grains and cereals
  • cauliflower
  • bananas
  • mushrooms

If you are still concerned about dry, brittle hair and nails, or you have issues with your skin, you should consult an expert like the medical professionals at DreamBody. They will be able to test and determine whether biotin or other vitamin supplements can address your concerns. So before you throw a lot of money at a product that promises miracles, come in to DreamBody for a consultation so that you can find out what could be causing your thinning hair, nail breakage, or acne and treat it effectively.