If by chance I was hired to be an ambassador for biotin or any other pills related to encouraging hair growth I would probably be fired very soon after. My personal opinion of vitamins geared towards hair growth is that they are not worth the trouble.
I am more inclined to tell you to get whatever vitamins you need from the food that you eat with juicing thrown in to boost your intake because believe it or not there is a fruit or vegetable out there for each and every aspect of your health and development including hair.
But I cannot just dismiss the value of the Biotin supplements for hair growth because there is evidence that it does improve the quality of your hair and nails and is especially popular in the black hair community, we get it!
Biotin is a B complex vitamin and the reason it is great for hair growth is that it is vital to cell regeneration and when you take it, it reacts with cell enzymes helping to create Amino Acids. Amino Acids are the building blocks for protein and protein is what hair is made of.
Biotin, then enzymes, then amino acids, then protein equal improved growth and longer hair. That is simple enough however if you do prefer to ditch the pill for a natural alternative then you should know that Biotin is naturally found in a variety of healthy foods including, peanuts and almonds, liver, egg yolks, fish, avocado, raspberries, green leafy vegetables and cauliflower. In conjunction with biotin, those foods are also great sources of vitamin A* and B6 which are great for hair growth as well, a win win situation if you ask me.
What happens If you Take too Much Biotin
Reports have stated that biotin deficiency is actually very rare because our bodies naturally produce and recycle it. It is produced by our intestines in amounts that are in excess of what the body even needs.
This begs the question, what happens when you take Biotin* as a daily supplement when you do not have biotin* deficiency? The answer is nothing… mostly. The reason the answer is so vague is that there really has not been any tried and true scientific studies to link excessive biotin or any form of deficiencies with ailments as a result of it.
There is, however, anecdotal evidence of individuals taking biotin and developing horrible acne issues; also it might not react well with certain medications so there may be other ailments that are not proven to be directly linked to taking the supplement.
The bottom line is, the lack of proven hard scientific evidence of a problem does not automatically mean that the problem does not exist, so the solution is always, do what is best for you. Make sure your research is extensive and long before making the decision to take any supplement and finally always consult a doctor first.
Here is a video from LHDC – TV who thinks that Biotin might be the cause of her skin issues, watch and weigh in!
Originally posted 2013-12-01 20:00:41.