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Biotin B Vitamin

Biotin is also necessary for cell growth. It helps maintain healthy hair, nails, skin, nerves and bone marrow, including bone growth.

Biotin is also known as Vitamin H or B7. It's a cofactor in the metabolism of leucine. And it helps with gluconeogenesis.

It's part of the citric acid cycle. Therefore, it's part of the process of generating biochemical energy from the oxygen we breath. It also helps to transfer carbon dioxide. And it helps to maintain a steady blood sugar level.

Natural sources of biotin include organ meats, liver, egg yolk, grains, nuts, cauliflower, peans, beans and fish. However, it's also manufactured for us in our intestines by friendly bacteria living there, so a recognized defiency is rare.

However, some people have a genetic deficiency of the enzyme biotinidase. Others have intestinal malabsorption. Others have had partial gastrectomy.

Antibiotics kill all bacteria in your intestines, so supplementing with biotin while you're using them to kill a harmful infection is probably a good idea -- as is taking supplements of probiotics while on antibiotics.

Others with low biotin include alcoholics, burn victims, the elderly and athletes (perhaps because of the stress of extreme workouts).

Deficiency symptoms include: scaly dermitis, inflamed sore tongue, loss of appetite, nausea, depression, muscle pain, morbid fear of food, pallor, anemia, burning or prickling sensations, sensitive skin, insomnia, and depression of the immune system.

50 to 200 micrograms are suggested for people who need supplementation. However, it's best taken with the entire family of B vitamins in a multivitamin.

Do not take biotin with anticonvulsant drugs gabapentin, phenobarital and valproic acid.

By: Richard Stooker

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