Taking Charge of Your Health

Hey everyone, welcome back to another edition
of Ask the ND. I’m Dr. Jeremy Wolf. Biotin is an important supplement that helps
to keep our hair, skin, eyes, liver and nervous system healthy. On top of this, it also helps to regulate
the expressions of our genes. Gene expression is the process by which the
instructions in our DNA are converted into a functional product, such as a protein. If you are pregnant, or breastfeeding, you
may also require higher amounts of biotin, but luckily for you, it’s found in a wide
variety of foods. B vitamins are vitamins that act as co-factors
for the processes that convert the food we eat into energy. Biotin, also known as vitamin B7, is a water
soluble vitamin. It can be found in food sources that include
liver, meat, fish, poultry, dairy products and egg yolks. An interesting fact is that while Biotin deficiency
is rare, if you’re someone that likes to bulk up in the morning with a raw egg or enjoys
a nice scoop of that raw cookie dough, you may be causing a biotin deficiency. This is because raw eggs contain a compound
known as avidin. Avidin binds the biotin, decreasing its absorption
in the digestive tract. Let’s take a closer look at some of biotin’s
uses in the body and how it functions. Here’s the rundown. Enzymes that convert food into energy need
biotin to function properly. Your body needs biotin to break down carbs,
fats and amino acids, the building blocks of protein. There is some evidence that shows biotin may
be beneficial for thickening hair and strengthening nails. One study looked at supplementing with biotin
for a period of 6-12 months. The study found that individuals who supplemented
with biotin experienced a 25% increase in nail thickness. Further research needs to be done on any benefit
biotin may have on your hair. Biotin is currently being studied for the
treatment of MS, an autoimmune condition that effects the nervous system. Some patients with MS have shown improvement
in symptoms with high doses of biotin. Talk to your Dr. to see if biotin is right
for you. When shopping for your biotin product, you
can find it as an individual supplement or in a complex with other B vitamins. You may also find it in certain hair, skin
and nail formula’s. A recommended dose of biotin is between 30-35
micrograms per day. This amount may vary depending on your age
and gender. Because biotin is a water soluble vitamin,
excess amounts not used by the body are removed. As you can see, biotin is important for energy
production and may be used in the treatment of some common, chronic conditions. Make sure you speak with your health care
provider before starting any supplements. Thank you for watching another edition of
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