What is the function of biotin? First of all, biotin, also known as vitamin B7, B8 or vitamin H is the prerequisite for healthy looking skin as it supports fat metabolism. It helps our body make efficient use of sugar by supporting carbohydrate metabolism and maintains energy supplies within cells. In addition to this, biotin is essential for the synthesis of amino acids from protein which reveals indirect benefits for nervous system health and muscle function. The B-group vitamin helps relieves muscle pain and is believed to play a part in preventing dermatitis, hair loss and brittle nails.
Biotin deficiency symptoms include: severe skin conditions such as ‘cradle cap’ (or severe dermatitis in newborns), dermatitis in adults, rashes, extreme hair loss occurring over short periods of time, baldness, alopecia, muscle cramps, numbness, tingling sensation in arms and legs, hands and feet, lack of muscle tone, poor coordination, lethargy, depression.
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