What’s all the chatter about Biotin? What is it? Is Biotin Safe to Take? Will it help me grow a beard? We answer all these questions and more in our Q&A session on Biotin.
What we are talking about
Biotin, or vitamin B7, is a natural vitamin found in foods such as liver, peanuts, raw egg yolks, and leafy green vegetables. If you are not an avid eater of any of these foods, do not fret, Biotin is also available in soft gels. This vitamin dissolves in water, so it is quickly and easily absorbed by the body. It is most commonly known for its mysterious powers to treat hair loss, strengthen nails, treat skin rash in infants, and alleviate symptoms associated with diabetes. Since this site was designed exclusively for rugged men and their virile beards, we will focus primarily on the effect of Biotin on hair growth.
How does hair growth work?
Those shiny strands of blonde, black, brown, or ginger on top of your head do not just sprout out of nowhere. They were actually born before you. A human baby is born with approximately one million hair follicles on its head; one hundred thousand of those follicles are on the scalp, and that’s it. We do not generate more follicles as we grow up. In fact, all of us will notice some variation of hair loss throughout our lives; this is largely due to the fact that our scalps enlarge as we age.
On average, a normal and healthy head of hair will grow approximately six inches each year. Beards grow at the same rate, but the progress is not always as striking as you would hope for. Some beards may appear to grow faster because they are darker, have larger and thicker hairs, and a deeper density – in reality; they grow at the same rate as blonde beard composed out of thin hair does. Hair loss happens as a result of a hormonal imbalance or nutrient deficiency. However, sometimes hair loss is a pure result of unfortunate genes. The good news is that hair loss is almost always more evident on the head than on the face. Regardless of your hair loss location, Biotin is here to help.
How does Biotin work?
Biotin is very good at breaking down carbohydrates and fats. So far, science has discovered that a Biotin deficiency is generally accompanied by thinning hair, hair loss, and loss of hair color, scaly rashes on the face, and more serious symptoms like depression and hallucinations. If you experience the latter, it’s probably a good idea to go see a doctor. If hair thinning and hair loss is your most pressing issue, then read on. Biotin, when taken by mouth (in the form of those soft gels I mentioned earlier) has been proven to reduce hair loss.
Question: Is Biotin safe to Take?
Answer: Yes. Biotin is a water soluble, naturally occurring vitamin that has many benefits for hair, skin and nails.
Question: Is Vitamin B7 (Biotin) deficiency common?
Answer: No. Most people consume enough Biotin on a daily basis through foods such as eggs, cucumbers, and peanuts to show no real signs of deficiency.
Question: If I don’t have a Biotin deficiency and I take Biotin supplements, what will happen to me?
Answer: Nothing, except your nails, hair, and skin will become noticeably healthier. To date, no cases of Biotin overdose has been reported.
Question: How much Biotin should I take daily?
Answer: Research shows that 5,000 micrograms is appropriate for desired results of healthier hair. That is one soft gel daily.
Question: How often should I take a Biotin supplement?
Answer: Real results (thicker and healthier hair and nails) are visible only with regular Biotin doses. One soft gel every day should do the trick. Do not take one for four days in a row and another one in September and expect results.
Question: How long does Biotin take to work?
Answer: Nothing good happens overnight. Full results of taking Biotin will begin to show about a month after taking the vitamin.
Question: Does Biotin make hair growing faster?
Answer: First, Biotin does not make your hair grow faster; it makes your hair grow healthier. Second, it will improve the overall condition of the hair on your entire body. Some people have actually reported thicker, healthier eye lashes after taking Biotin religiously.
Question: Will Biotin thicken my hair?
Answer: After about a month of regular use, hair may begin to appear fuller and healthier. Biotin will not reverse hair loss, but it will make whatever hair you have left a lot healthier.
Question: Will Biotin interfere with my prescribed medication?
Answer: Although Biotin is a natural vitamin, some people have reported that it reduces the effectiveness of some seizure and heart medications. If you are taking any prescribed medicines, it is highly recommended to discuss any significant dietary changes to him or her.
Question: What effect will Biotin have on my skin?
Answer: Biotin can effectively treat eczema, but it can also cause acne. However, the acne phase is not permanent, does not happen to everyone, and is not life-threatening. Increasing your water intake while you are on a Biotin supplements will significantly reduce the effects of the acne.
Question: Is Biotin expensive and does my doctor need to prescribe it?
Answer: Cheap Biotin is widely available drugstores nationwide; however; the New York Attorney General recently exposed a chain of major retailers that sold Biotin products under false pretenses. Many of the Biotin products sold at chain stores such as CVS and Walmart were found to include ingredients that were not mentioned on the product labels. Some of these mystery ingredients included allergens which caused major adverse reactions to users. It would be in your best interest to obtain Biotin from a trusted source, such as www.beardczar.com. It may cost a little more ($90), but is guaranteed to be free of unworthy ingredients to ensure you will consume pure, tested, and approved Biotin. You will need to talk to your doctor if you are on serious health medication because Biotin could reduce the effects of those drugs.
Question: What other physical changes should I expect when starting a Biotin routine?
Answer: As mentioned before, Biotin will make hair thicker and healthier. It will also greatly improve your skin condition if you suffer from eczema. In addition, Biotin will make your nails stronger and healthier. Because it breaks down fats, proteins, and carbohydrates, it will give you more energy.
Question: I hate taking pills, what other ways can I take Biotin?
Answer: Biotin is a natural vitamin found in various foods such as carrots, Halibut, strawberries, blackberries, onions, cucumbers, chicken eggs, walnuts, almonds, and goat milk. There are also new haircare products on the market that contain Biotin; however, the effects of a topical application of this vitamin are not widely known. Haircare and healthcare professionals recommend Biotin supplements to improve hair and nail conditions. If you are serious about improving your hair and nail growth, and feel like your body needs more Biotin, then a soft gel is the way to go. Take it with a glass of water; one big gulp and you’re done!
Question: Is Biotin safe to take during pregnancy?
Answer: Healthcare professionals actually encourage pregnant and lactating women to take 30 micrograms of Biotin daily. It enhances the health of the mother and child and prevents certain conditions like skin discoloration.
Sources: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-h-biotin http://beautysupply.about.com/od/hairtreatments/p/Biotin-For-Hair-Growth.htm http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/vitamins-minerals/8-foods-rich-in-biotin.html