When it comes to healthy hair, it’s not just what you put on your tresses that count — it’s what you put in your body, too.
Ever heard of vitamin H? This is more usually known as Biotin or vitamin B7. All of the vitamins found in the B vitamin family are crucial to healthy hair growth (whether its afro hair, mixed race hair or european hair), and vitamin H is no different. Biotin aids in metabolizing the fats and protein crucial to enhancing and strengthening hair. Sufficient quantities of biotin have long been known as a key element in maintaining healthy hair and skin.
Symptoms, such as hair loss, skin irritation, fungus or eczema are frequent confirmation of a biotin deficiency.
Biotin may play a role in the prevention and/or treatment of other health conditions such as:
- Hair loss (alopecia)
- Intestinal imbalances, including inflammatory bowel syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and chronic diarrhea
- Neuromuscular-related conditions, including seizures, ataxias (movements characterized by lack of muscle coordination), and hypotonias (posture and movement characterized by lack of muscle tone)
- Skin conditions, including cradle cap in infants and seborrheic dermatitis in adults
- Pregnancy, as there is an increased demand for nutrients placed upon the mother by the growing fetus.
You’ll find Biotin naturally in nuts (such as almonds and walnuts), Vegetables (such as onions, cucumbers and cauliflower, carrots and Swiss chard), goat’s Milk and Cow’s milk, berries and fruits, Halibut, Salmon, and egg yolks.
Studies have shown that at least 100 milligrams of biotin may be able to prevent hair loss in men. Another interesting fact about Biotin is that it is thought that it may ward off grey hair, and we all want that ;-).