We all want luscious and healthy hair, right? It seems like an endless search for the next wonder product or supplement that will treat our curls right. Well, biotin might be the answer.
Biotin seems to support and increase metabolism and lead to faster hair growth. It also seems to cause new hair growth from follicles that might have been previously damaged.
Let us give you the rundown on biotin, and why your hair could benefit from it.
It's a vitamin
Biotin is a B-complex vitamin. Also known as Vitamin H, it is important in the conversion of food into energy. The recommended amount (RDA) for adults and teenagers is 30 to 100 mcgs (micrograms) daily. If you’re trying to regrow your hair, get stronger nails or more youthful looking skin, you will need a much higher amount of biotin than the minimum recommended daily amount.
It's good for your teeth and nails too
There are at least three positive clinical studies on PubMed to support improvement of thin and brittle nails, which ties into the claim that biotin is good for hair, skin, and nails.
As a matter of fact, many supplements sold as treatments for improving the appearance of hair, skin, and nails contain high amounts of biotin.
So there is certainly observable evidence that biotin can make a difference for some individuals. The European Food Safety Authority has also given biotin a positive review.
You can get it from food
You can get an ample amount of biotin through some everyday foods. Here's just a selection of some of the best ways to get biotin through your diet.
Organ meats like liver or kidney
Nuts- almonds, pecans, walnut
Legumes- peanuts and soybeans
Cold water fish (herring, sardines, tuna, salmon, trout, halibut)
So to get the optimal amount from food, it should be consumed with as little processing as possible. In some instances, the food listed here should be cooked, but if possible, consuming them raw is preferable.
So there you have it! If you want to know more, check out Haircare Loss Revolution for more about biotin and haircare.
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