Biotin is part of the b-complex: and therefore water soluble (which is easily be eliminated in urine).
Biotin is also known as Vitamin H or Vitamin B7, and although it is available in a variety of foods, there are very few rich sources of it. Such Biotin food sources include liver and raw egg yolk. People generally buy Biotin as it is well known for being beneficial for the hair and nails.
Biotin has been suggested as a treatment for brittle fingernails, particularly in women. There is not sufficient scientific evidence to form a clear conclusion.
Biotin will not cause hair loss. Dermatologist advises taking Biotin supplements to help promote the growth of hair and nails, especially for someone with nail fungus.
Biotin processes glucose and we know glucose is one of the sources of energy of our body to perform work and maintaining wear and tear of the body. Biotin also helps in making of DNA, RNA and nucleic acids and production of fatty acids. Growth and replication of cells depend on Biotin. Thus on one hand Biotin helps in maintaining good hair health and on the other hand it is important for several bodily functions.
Biotin helps maintain healthy hair and skin. It is especially important for protein and carbohydrate metabolism. Biotin supports the growth and development of healthy nerve tissue and aids in the use of B vitamins.
Biotin helps enzymes in the body that break down or metabolize fats, carbohydrates, sugars and amino acids. It helps your body make efficient use of sugar (by converting it into usable energy) and helps synthesize fat in cells, which is important for the skin. It’s also sometimes used to help treat intestinal problems (irritable bowel syndrome, colitis, chronic diarrhea) seizures, and skin conditions such as seborrheic dermatitis.
Biotin deficiency is characterized by hair thinning, developing a red, scaly rash around the eyes, nose and mouth, exhaustion, depression, muscle fatigue and cramps, hallucinations and tingling in the arms and legs. As many as 50% of pregnant women may be biotin deficient.