Learn what biotin is and how it can benefit you!
We all have them, bad haircuts or colors (where you hair just breaks off, oy) where you wish you had a magic pill you could swallow to have long gorgeous hair the next day. The old baseball cap is usually the last resort; a sort of camouflage to hide our less than beautiful mane from the outside world.
How did Rapunzel do it?
Do you remember her? She wore a tiara, never a cap. It was long, golden and enviable; so beautiful that it got her saved by a handsome prince. Beautiful, voluminous, strong hair will always save a damsel in distress and give her a good hair day. But when life doesn’t imitate a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, what’s a poor girl to do?
Biotin might be the answer. It will transform split ends and damaged hair to its natural healthy state. Rapunzel must have taken her B vitamins!
What is Biotin?
Many health and beauty products that promote hair and nail strength include biotin, a water-soluble vitamin, also referred to as “B-7” or “vitamin H”. Biotin is a B-complex vitamin and research has even proven that those who don’t have enough biotin may suffer from specific skin problems like eczema, skin rashes or seborrheic dermatitis in infants (Cradle Cap). Biotin strengthens the hair follicles, which promotes healthy hair growth. The hair shaft benefits from biotin, and with hair re-growth, it may be less likely to break off or split at the ends.
Biotin also benefits our nervous system because the nervous system utilizes energy that comes from the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats; biotin plays an important role in this process.
A deficiency in biotin might lead to hair loss, skin rash, high cholesterol and even heart problems.
Where do we get Biotin?
Biotin is produced through a healthy diet or produced by intestinal bacteria. The usefulness of externally applied products like shampoo, fortified with biotin, is questionable because biotin is not easily absorbed through the skin. In order to reap the benefits of biotin, it’s typically consumed in supplement form or through a healthy diet that includes dietary sources of biotin.
Dietary sources of biotin may include:
- Brewer’s yeast
- Nutritional yeast
- Egg yolks
- Legumes and mushrooms
- Whole Wheat
Biotin may not lead you to your handsome prince but it will promote beautiful hair. Make sure you are getting enough biotin in your diet. You can also take biotin in a vitamin/supplement.
Now you know the benefits of biotin! Bad hair days may become a thing of the past (but keep the baseball cap in the closet just in case; it’s hard to be a princess every day!)