5 FAST FACTS FRIDAY: BIOTIN
If you aren’t currently taking Biotin, you’ve probably at least heard of it. It’s a popular supplement that is often used to thicken hair, strengthen nails, and improve skin health, and it happens to be the subject of this week’s 5 Fast Facts post.
1) Biotin belongs to the B-complex group of vitamins, and it is sometimes referred to as Vitamin H.
2) It was discovered in 1927, but it wasn’t until 40 years later, in 1967, that it was officially recognized as a vitamin.
3) Biotin is present in a wide variety of foods, some of which include nuts, meats, eggs, cauliflower, banana, and mushrooms.
4) It’s often used to stop hair loss and strengthen brittle nails, though there are few organized scientific studies that prove Biotin works in these ways.
5) Although Biotin deficiency can lead to hair loss, it is extremely rare to be deficient. You probably reach your recommended daily Biotin intake through diet alone.
Long story, short. Biotin is a supplement that when coupled with a healthy diet, could lead to longer, healthier hair. The good news is, Biotin does not have any known side effects, but we recommend you discuss it with a doctor if you’re thinking of trying it for the first time. If you're already using it, leave us a comment. What's your experience been like?