Biotin Formerly termed vitamin H


Formerly termed vitamin H



Water soluble Biotin works synergistically with B2, B6, B3 and Vitamin A.

Glucose synthesis

Maintains sweat glands, blood cells, skin and hair tone and quality, nerve tissue, bone marrow and male sex glands

Regulates the synthesis and breakdown of fatty acids (e.g., conversion of linoleic acid to eicosanoids)

Helps the body absorb nutrients.

Aids amino acid metabolism.

Assists cell division and growth.

Stored in the liver, kidney, brain and adrenal glands.

The thyroid and adrenal glands depend on it.


Deficiency effects

Greyish pallor


Muscular pain

Pregnancy and lactation

Extreme exhaustion

Chronic dieting for weight loss

Consumption of raw eggs which contain avidin. Avidin prevents biotin absorption.

Medications: anticonvulsants, antibiotics used repeatedly destroy biotin producing intestinal bacteria. Sulphur drugs, oestrogen, food processing techniques, alcohol and water.


Signs and Symptoms of Deficiency

Anorexia and nausea Myalgias

Numbness and tingling in the extremities

Flaking non -itchy inflammation of the skin especially around the nose and mouth

Hair loss and baldness

Immune deficiency

Changes in mental status, depression, fatigue, anxiety

Increased serum cholesterol and bilirubin

Seizures; developmental delays (in infants with inherited metabolic defects)

Good dietary sources


Soybeans, Calf liver, Dandelions, Brewer’s yeast, Whole wheat,  Oatmeal, wheat germ, corn, egg yolk, parsley, red clover, agrimony, alfalfa. Brown rice, fruit, nuts, mushrooms, cauliflower and fresh organic vegetables.

Small amounts of biotin are synthesized by intestinal bacteria and the most is excreted via the urinary tract.

Medical uses:

Any kind of hair loss.

Muscle pain



Infant dermatitis



Adult: 150-300 micrograms daily


No known toxic effects










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