Biotin, the vitamin for hair growth
Biotin is a group B vitamin, also known as vitamin B8, vitamin B7, and even vitamin H. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Biotin deficiency can cause tiredness and fatigue1 and affect the health of the hair, nails, skin and mucous membranes. That’s why Biotin is found in so many dietary supplements and vitamin supplements.
According to the National Institutes of Health and numerous scientific papers, the foods that stand out as being rich in Biotin are pork, salmon, nuts, seeds, eggs and sweet potatoes2.
What are the benefits of Biotin?
Vitamin B8 has many beneficial properties for the human body that are supported by the scientifically proven health claims published in the EU Register of Health Claims. These benefits include:
Improved hair health
Biotin deficiency can have repercussions for scalp health, causing it to deteriorate. If the body has an adequate amount of B8, this promotes stronger hair, as this vitamin improves the condition of hair follicles and prevents hair from becoming weaker and more fragile4,5,8).
Remedy for skin problems
Biotin ensures that the skin receives nutrients through metabolic synthesis, to produce creatine and reduce the effects of ageing and skin fatigue9. This vitamin keeps skin in better condition over the years8.
Biotin contributes to healthy energy metabolism8 through the assimilation of proteins, fats and carbohydrates. If you’re experiencing a lack of energy and a build-up of fatigue, we recommend taking vitamin B8 to alleviate tiredness6.
Aids healthy nervous system function
This vitamin is involved in the activity of neurotransmitters and facilitates the connection between nerves producing myelin, a material that coats the axons of neurons. This action strengthens memory and helps with normal nervous system maintenance8, avoiding potential adverse effects7.
Contributes to normal macronutrient metabolism8
Biotin improves the rate at which proteins, fats and carbohydrates are metabolised, helping all these nutrients to be better assimilated by the body6.
Contributes to normal psychological function8
Vitamin B8 supports brain and nerve functions that benefit concentration, learning, memory and reasoning10.
What problems can cause Biotin deficiency?
Biotin plays a role in various bodily aspects. A deficiency of this vitamin can cause problems:
- It can lead to weakened hair.
- It can lead to skin that is less healthy than if Biotin is kept at normal levels.
- If vitamin B8 deficiencies occur in the human body, this can result in tiredness and fatigue.
- Psychologically, a shortage of this vitamin can affect energy and performance levels. People with metabolic disorders may find the release of vitamin B8 in the body is altered, causing a deficiency of this vitamin, and leading to a range of problems at capillary level, including the nervous system3.
Where to buy Biotin online
As mentioned above, although certain foods provide this vitamin, vitamin B8 is naturally present in the body in low quantities. At Anastore, you can buy our natural Biotin supplement online to ensure ideal Biotin levels are maintained2. Sublingual Biotin is known to help maintain healthy hair and skin, among many other properties. Because it is sublingual, it’s an ideal formula for rapid assimilation of this vitamin into the body. It is also suitable for vegetarians and vegans, with a pleasant natural lemon taste. This dietary supplement comes in containers of 240 tablets. 1 tablet should be taken daily.
Another supplement containing Biotin available from Anastore is Multivitamin Formula, a dietary supplement packed with vitamins and minerals (iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, chromium, manganese, molybdenum, selenium, iodine, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B8, B9, B12, C, D3 and E). This product is a great choice for giving the body the necessary quantities of essential vitamins and minerals, and ensuring well-being for the body because of all its components. It is a supplement that comes in containers of 60 plant-based capsules. We recommend taking 1 capsule per day.
Finally, you can buy our 100% natural Pro Growth and Strengthening dietary supplement online, with standardised plant extracts recommended for men’s hair loss (androgenetic alopecia). This supplement is made with saw palmetto, bilberry, green tea, horsetail, zinc, selenium and biotin. It comes in blister packs of 60 capsules, of which 2 capsules must be taken per day to provide the scalp with all the properties of plant extracts, vitamins and minerals that the body needs to maintain healthy hair.
- National Center for Biotechnology Information (2023). PubChem Compound Summary for CID 171548, Biotin. Retrieved February 8, 2023 from https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Biotin.
- Srinivasan P, Kapadia R, Biswas A, Said HM. La exposición crónica al alcohol inhibe la absorción de biotina por las células acinares pancreáticas: posible participación de mecanismos epigenéticos. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol 2014;307:G941-9. [Resumen de PubMed].
- Instituto de Medicina. Consejo de Alimentación y Nutrición. Ingestas dietéticas de referencia: tiamina, riboflavina, niacina, vitamina B6, folato, vitamina B12, ácido pantoténico, biotina y colina . Washington, DC: Prensa de la Academia Nacional; 1998.
- Camacho FM, Garcia-Hernandez MJ. Zinc (1999) “aspartate, biotin, and clobetasol propionate in the treatment of alopecia areata in childhood”. Pediatr Dermatol.
- Daniells, S. and Hardy, G. (2010) “Hair loss in long-term or home parenteral nutrition: are micronutrient deficiencies to blame?” Curr.Opin.Clin.Nutr.Metab Care.
- Zempleni, J., Mock, D. M. (1999) “Advanced analysis of biotin metabolites in body fluids allows a more accurate measurement of biotin bioavailability and metabolism in humans”. J Nutr.
- Pacheco-Alvarez, D., Solorzano-Vargas, R. S., Gravel, R. A., Cervantes-Roldan, R., Velazquez, A., Leon-Del-Rio, A. (2004) “Paradoxical regulation of biotin utilization in brain and liver and implications for inherited multiple carboxylase deficiency”. J Biol Chem.
- COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 432/2012 of 16 May 2012 establishing a list of permitted health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health.
- Evangeliou, A. ; Vlassopoulos, D. (2003) Carnitine Metabolism and Deficit - When Supplementation is Necessary? Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, Volume 4, Number 3, pp. 211-219(9). https://doi.org/10.2174/1389201033489829.
- EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA); Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to biotin and maintenance of normal skin and mucous membranes (ID 121), maintenance of normal hair (ID 121), maintenance of normal bone (ID 121), maintenance of normal teeth (ID 121), maintenance of normal nails (ID 121, 2877), reduction of tiredness and fatigue (ID 119), contribution to normal psychological functions (ID 120) and contribution to normal macronutrient metabolism (ID 4661) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2010; 8( 10):1728. [19 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1728