Biotin is a water soluble B Vitamin occasionally called Vitamin H (from the German Haar und Haut meaning Hair or Skin) or vitamin B7. Biotin is essential for the proper metabolism of fats, and acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of certain amino acids. Biotin plays a role in the creation of glucose (gluconeogenesis) within the liver.
While our natural intestinal bacteria do produce and provide us with some biotin, there are a number of situations where extra biotin from food sources or biotin supplements may help. Biotin supplements are occasionally recommended for the growth of hair and nails due to biotins supportive role in cell growth.
Biotin supplements often recommended to pregnant women as a mild biotin deficiency may be present due to higher daily requirements. Biotin may play a role in lowering diabetics blood glucose levels and with helping certain skin disorders such as psoriasis.
Biotin supplements are generally measured in mcg (micrograms) with 1000 mcg equaling 1mg. Our current range starts at 1mg and our highest strength biotin supplements are 5mg.