The “beauty vitamin”, biotin
Vitamin B8 is important for the conversion of fats, carbohydrates and proteins. At the same time, the vitamin stabilizes the body’s blood sugar balance and the immune system. The nickname "beauty vitamin" comes from the fact that B8 provides both full-bodied hair, smooth skin and strong nails. This effect comes from the sulfur content of the vitamin, and because it stabilizes blood sugar balance.
Perhaps you have also heard B8 referred to as biotin or vitamin-H. It is a very active coenzyme that is formed in a healthy intestinal flora - but it is easy to interfere with. Antibiotics, sugar, coffee and alcohol can, like with some other B vitamins, break down the vitamin. In addition, biotin can be destroyed by boiling and blending.
It is usually the elderly, athletes (by hard training) and those with long-term illnesses (for example, epileptics) who lack vitamin B8. However, it is extremely rare to see serious deficiencies.
Vitamin B8 contributes to the normalisation of: the function of the nervous system, mental function, the metabolism, protein, carbohydrate and fat conversion, and also maintains the hair, skin and mucus membranes. In case of a severe deficiency, you may experience:
- Dull and dry skin with a rash and dandruff
- Weak muscles and nerve inflammation
- Tiredness and depression
Get enough vitamin B8 in your diet:
You find biotin the same place you find other B vitamins:
- Animal sources like eggs, meat, liver and dairy products
- In products which are rich in fiber, such beans, brewer’s yeast, fruits, kale, cereals and nuts
Recommended daily dosage:
Adults: 120-200 µg.
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