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Biotin, a member of the B-complex vitamin family is also known as Vitamin B7 and Vitamin H. Biotin is a water soluble vitamin that must be consumed on a daily basis, it is an essential nutrient, and it plays an important role in a number of bodily functions.
Vitamin B7 Source
Vitamin B7 Is an Essential Nutrient involved in cell growth, the production of fatty acids, amino acids and the metabolism of fats. Biotin also assists in the process of releasing energy from our food, the management of carbon dioxide and maintaining a regular blood sugar level. Biotin is also considered to play a role in gene expression and DNA replication.
Many health products and cosmetic compounds include Biotin as an ingredient to promote healthy skin and hair, it also strengthens the nails. Vitamin B7 supplements are recommended in cases of excessive hair losses, caused by a Biotin deficiency.
Children who contract Seborrheic dermatitis could be suffering from a Vitamin B7 deficiency. Although there are shampoos available that contain B7, it is more beneficial to treat the condition with Biotin supplements, as B7 is not readily absorbed through the skin.
Vitamin B7 supplements may also benefit people who suffer from type 2 diabetes.
Biotin deficiency is quite rare, but if it does exist then it must be properly treated. If the condition is allowed to persist untreated, then the effects could be very serious, even fatal.
Symptoms of Vitamin B7 deficiency include: fungal infections, dry scaly skin, and Seborrheic dermatitis, poor appetite, feeling tired and lethargic, depression, high cholesterol level, inflamed tongue and feeling nauseated.
A Vitamin B7 deficiency can be easily remedied by adding daily B7 supplements to one’s diet.
Dietary sources of Vitamin B7 include: liver and kidney, dairy products, yeast, cauliflower, oysters, lobster, and salmon, chicken breast and egg yolk.
Dr John Anne is a herbal specialist with years of experience and extensive research
on Herbs and Alternative health. For more helpful information read about Vitamin B Complex Sources and Vitamin B1 Benefits at Vitamins and Minerals Guide.
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