You may have read the word “biotin” among the ingredients listed on the label of your shampoo. Many reputable shampoos meant for hair growth and nourishment contain this important ingredient, which is also called Vitamin H or Vitamin B or Vitamin B7.
Biotin or Vitamin H for hair loss treatment is getting popular due to its role in hair health. This is a water soluble vitamin. It contributes to a range of metabolic processes, chiefly associated with utilizing carbs, fats, and amino acids.
Biotin is important for the health of skin, hair, and nails, as per medical research.
Deficiency of this vitamin can trigger hair loss and/or scaly red rash on skin.
Research shows that biotin improves infrastructure of keratin protein. And hair is made of keratin.
So, it’s obvious that a lack of biotin in your body would affect hair health, besides affecting your energy levels. This is because biotin contributes to converting fats into energy. When you have low levels of biotin you naturally would have low energy.
Hair follicles also need proper nourishment to function well. With improper conversion of nutrients into energy, your follicles also become malnourished. This affects hair production and quality.
Studies have shown that people who suffered from hair loss benefitted tremendously with the intake of biotin supplements.
If you are not a fan of supplements, make sure you eat foods like eggs (biotin is found in egg yolk), bananas, walnuts, almonds, peanuts, organ meats, particularly kidney and liver, whole grains, soybeans, legumes, mushrooms, and cauliflower.
You can also use shampoos and conditioners fortified with this vitamin. They are easily available online.
According to hair experts, most cases of hair loss are associated with malnutrition. Doctors advise people suffering from severe hair loss or baldness to take biotin supplements.
Biotin promotes healthy metabolism. It converts glucose into energy and helps amino acids to perform various bodily functions. That’s the reason, as doctors put it, hair loss patients when put on biotin supplements show an improvement in hair growth.
Doctors believe biotin also helps to:
Hormone imbalance and inflammation are among the factors contributing to hindered follicle function. So, if your hair loss is due to any of these factors, biotin supplements can help you, say experts.
Biotinidase deficiency (BIOT) is a condition in which the body cannot reuse biotin. This leads to deficiencies because body cannot use biotin to break down glucose into energy. The deficiency is usually inherited.
Doctors usually conduct blood and urine tests to detect biotin deficiency. They will also ask your family history.
So, if you think lack of biotin or Vitamin H is the culprit for your hair loss, consult a doctor and then take necessary supplements for it. Switching to biotin-infused shampoo is a good idea too.