Properties and Benefits of Vitamin H: Biotin, vitamin B7, vitamin B8 and vitamin H all refer to a water-soluble vitamin of the B group. Vitamin H promotes normal growth and development and helps maintain a good overall health. It is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats, resulting in energy production. Also, it aids in the formation of fatty acids and supports cell growth. Other noteworthy pharmacological effects of biotin include better diabetes management and prevention, lower blood lipid content and metabolism regulation.
It’s never a matter of which vitamin is the most important; all vitamins contribute to our general well-being and both physical and mental health. A good diet, varied and balanced, should provide most, if not all of the nutrients our body requires in order to stay healthy and fit. The rest can be covered by supplements. Even a simple vitamin such as biotin or vitamin H can make a huge difference in terms of health benefits.
For instance, vitamin H helps treat alopecia (or hair loss) and premature graying in individuals with extremely low biotin levels. If you have a biotin deficit and are also dealing with severe hair loss, you could get great results by simply meeting your daily vitamin H requirements. It is also great against sore muscles and anemia.
An adequate intake promotes brain health and has been shown to prevent neurological problems such as hallucinations and tingling sensations in the extremities. Even more, it supports fat production, thus contributing to a healthy-looking skin (our skin is supported by fat tissue).
Accordin to The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, biotin supplementation can help lower blood lipid levels and contribute to better diabetes management because the vitamin encourage both hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia (Pharmacological effects of biotin, July 2005)
Considering the wide availability of most foods nowadays, it is highly unlikely for biotin deficiency to occur in a healthy, well-nourished individual. A balanced, varied diet with biotin-rich foods should easily meet one’s daily requirements. However, bad lifestyle habits and poor dietary choices may prevent a proper vitamin H intake.
For example, people who want to increase their muscle mass are often advised to eat raw egg whites. However, raw egg whited contain a special protein (avidin) which binds with biotin. Eating raw egg whites for prolonged periods of time will lead to severe biotin deficiency. Cooking egg whites will counteract the negative effects of avidin. Also, prolonged use of antibiotics can stop biotin production in the intestines.
Biotin deficiency can cause very unpleasant health problems and may lead to more serious neurological problems. Alopecia (partial or total loss of hair), seborrheic dermatitis, anemia, muscle aches, nausea, fatigue, loss of appetite, conjunctivitis, even depression episodes, hallucinations and numbness and tingling in hands and feet are all symptoms of vitamin H deficiency.
Biotin is of crucial importance for good health and here are its 10 most noteworthy health benefits to prove it:
1) Is necessary for cell growth and fatty acids production.
2) Takes part in energy production by metabolizing fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
3) Plays a key role in the Krebs cycle (the process of energy release from food).
4) Ensures healthy skin.
5) Prevents premature graying.
6) Prevent hair loss.
7) Reduces muscle pain.
8) Promotes healthy sweat glands, nerve tissue and bone marrow.
9) Supports carbon dioxide transfer at cell level.
10) Maintains constant blood sugar levels.
All in all, vitamin H (biotin) is extremely important for good health, considering it provides so many health benefits. Daily requirements can easily be met through a balanced diet containing biotin-rich foods such as yeast, eggs, fish such as salmon, tuna, cod and mackerel, nuts such as peanuts and lots of healthy leafy green vegetables such as spinach.