Vitamin H or Vitamin B-7 (most known as Biotin) is commonly used to promote healthy hair, skin, and nails – so let’s start with those benefits (of course this would not be a blog about biotin if we didn’t talk about its connection to healthy hair!).
Biotin’s connection to Keratin and hair health is that Biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure (keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin, and nails.) While research has not shown that taking biotin can reverse hair loss, the vitamin can unquestionably help you gain healthier hair. So with that being said, Biotin has also been shown to improve nail health as well as strength, so it is the perfect nutrient for people with brittle fingernails. Receiving doses of Biotin will help reduce weak, splitting/breaking nails.
While we know Biotin is amazing for people looking to promote healthy hair, skin and nails… Many people are not aware there are other benefits from Biotin that aren’t as commonly known. So first let’s talk about Biotin, and it’s connection to the mucous membranes of the skin.
Firstly, I know you’re thinking what the heck is a mucous membrane? Well, just as the skin lines and protects the outside of the body, mucous membranes work by lining and protecting the inside of your body. The most common place people will think of when looking for mucous membranes is inside of your mouth, lungs and nose. So your mucous membranes work by forming the first barrier against invading pathogens (viruses, bacteria, or other microorganism that can cause disease) and Biotin aids your body by working synergistically with other B vitamins to maintain the mucous membranes, healthy skin and nails. It also plays a critical role in the process of metabolizing fat, which is necessary for keeping healthy skin.
Next let’s talk about another benefit of this B vitamin that isn’t common knowledge to most –
Biotin helps the body convert food into energy by supporting different enzymes that help with the breakdown of fats, proteins and carbohydrates. So what enzymes does it help?
- Amino Acid – enzymes containing biotin are involved in the metabolism of several important amino acids.
- Gluconeogenesis (which is the process of your body making glucose from the breakdown of its own products (such as proteins and fats.) This is the combination of glucose from origins other than carbs, for example amino acids, which then enzymes that contain biotin help initiate this process.
Biotin does not work well in topical form, and it can be taken orally – but for the best results here at skinBe we have another option to maximize your body’s intake of this nutrient. By adding one of our Biotin boosters to your drip (or simply doing a shot of it by itself) this will help boost hair, nail, and body health.