Biotin is a coenzyme and a type of vitamin B. Your body uses it to support the health of your skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism and cells. It also goes by vitamin H and breaks down things like fat, carbohydrates and other substances.
Many people use supplements to treat cradle cap, brittle nails, hepatitis, hair loss and depression. It can also help with type 2 diabetes. Researchers have found that biotin is able to improve blood sugar, diabetic nerve pain and decrease insulin resistance in patients with diabetes.
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It’s found in a lot of food like wheat germ, whole-grain cereal, whole wheat bread, eggs, dairy products, nuts, Swiss chard, salmon and chicken. Since biotin is found naturally in so many foods and our bodies naturally recycle biotin, a deficiency is rare. Smoking has been found to cause mild biotin deficiency. Pregnant women also sometimes have low levels of biotin. According to WebMD, symptoms of biotin deficiency are:
- thinning of hair
- red, scaly rash around your eyes, nose and mouth
- tingling in arms and legs.
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