Collection: Biotin

Biotin – the water-soluble beauty vitamin

Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is a water-soluble vitamin. Biotin is best known for supporting the wellbeing of hair, skin and mucous membranes. Biotin also participates in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates which is also why it is a necessary vitamin for us humans. You can take care of the intake of biotin with dietary supplements – get to know the selection!

Biotin in the body

Biotin resembles vitamin K in the sense that it affects the bones. Biotin transforms the proteins in the bones to a form to which calcium can attach better.
Biotin from nutrition

Yeast, grains, egg yolks, kidneys, liver, soy and milk are all good sources of biotin. The body can also produce some of the biotin it needs in the gut but it also needs to be consumed daily from food.

Recommended daily intake of biotin

It is difficult to determine the required daily intake of biotin, as research has not been able to determine how much biotin is formed in the body. Therefore the estimations for the daily intake of biotin vary. For example, it has been estimated in the United States that the required daily intake of biotin is at least 30 micrograms and that for women who are breastfeeding, the number should be even higher. In Europe it has been estimated that the daily intake of biotin is naturally 50–90 micrograms.

Biotin deficiency

Though very rare, biotin deficiency can occur in people who exercise a lot, elderly people, people who are recovering from a surgery, women who are pregnant or breastfeeding and people who suffer from Crohn's disease.

Biotin deficiency can be seen as skin problems, acne, psoriasis, skin coeliac disease or itching skin. Long-term deficiency can cause problems with hair and scalp or lead even to osteoporosis.

Biotin is often used as a supplement to strengthen hair and nails.

The approved health claims of biotin

  • Biotin contributes to normal energy metabolism
  • Biotin contributes to normal function of the nervous system
  • Biotin contributes to normal metabolism of macronutrients
  • Biotin contributes to normal psychological functions
  • Biotin contributes to maintenance of normal hair
  • Biotin contributes to maintenance of normal mucous membranes
  • Biotin contributes to the maintenance of normal skin