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Published 9/4/19, 4:50 AM by Fleur Scalp Care
Biotin & Healthy Hair
Thinning hair and hair loss can be very distressing. Hair loss has multiple causes, many of which are systemic. But one of the most common causes may surprise you: our diet.
Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails. It's clear that biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure. But beyond that, researchers aren't really sure what biotin's role in hair or skincare is.
Research on the effects of biotin on hair growth is sparse. To date, there’s only limited evidence to suggest that increased biotin intake may help promote hair growth.
What is Biotin
This B vitamin is an essential nutrient for your body. Biotin or vitamin B7 is a water-soluble vitamin that's a part of the vitamin B family. It's also known as vitamin H. Your body needs biotin to help convert certain nutrients into energy. It also plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
Biotin helps with the metabolism of fatty acids, glucose (blood sugar, in other words), and amino acids in your body. In other words, biotin helps turn the carbs, fats, and proteins in the food you eat into energy you need.
Biotin is also thought to:
- Reduce inflammation
- Improve cognitive function
- Help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes
- Increase “good” HDL cholesterol and decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol
If you aren’t getting enough biotin, you may experience hair loss or a scaly red rash. However, a deficiency is rare. In most cases, the biotin you get from your diet is enough for you to reap the health benefits it offers.
However, it is very likely that you are getting enough biotin naturally in the food you consume and biotin is present in many foods such as egg yolk, mushrooms, nuts & soybeans, organ meats, and whole grains.
If you're experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, biotin may be able to assist in regrowth. There are some research to suggest that increased biotin intake can improve overall hair quality, including thickness and shine.
Before you lose hope or getting the inappropriate scalp care treatment that may worsen the condition, it's best to get a hair n scalp analysis to determine the underlying factors and choosing an appropriate treatment.
Fleur provides free consultation and analysis for your scalp & hair. Book your appointment with us today here!