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Vitamin H

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Vitamin H Basics

Vitamin H is also known as Biotin and aids in metabolizing carbohydrates (energy), fats, and proteins. Additionally, it helps to produce fatty acids, promote healthy nerve tissue, bone marrow, and sweat glands. Biotin also relieves muscle pain, may prevent hair loss, and improves the health of finger and toenails.

This vitamin is used to treat some diseases. For example, some infants develop a condition called 'cradle cap' (seborrheic dermatitis), characterized by a dry, scaly scalp, which may result from Biotin deficiency. Diabetics have found Vitamin H improves blood sugar control. Some people have used it when dieting (weight loss) and found it to be beneficial because fat is metabolized more efficiently.


Dosage Guidelines

A normal adult dose ranges between 30 mcg to 100 mcg per day. Vitamin H works best when combined with B-vitamins. As with any medication, consult a medical professional before giving Vitamin H to a child.

Sources

Vitamin H (Biotin) is found in the following foods: brewer's yeast, egg yolks (cooked), meat, poultry, kidney, beans, whole grains and chocolate. It is best to consume foods that have not been processed. Food processing can destroy Vitamin H.

This vitamin supplement is available in tablet form in doses of 10 mcg, 50 mcg, and 100 mcg. It may be combined in a multivitamin or B-complex formula, or with brewer's yeast.

Cautions

Vitamin H (Biotin) is nontoxic. Even when taken in high doses (2,500 mcg to treat hair and nail problems), there are no known side effects.

However, if prescription medication is taken on a regular basis, consult your medical professional prior to taking this vitamin.

Updated on: 02/06/10
Thomas G. Lowe, MD
While some patients have reported improvement after taking this supplement, the Editorial Board is unable to endorse the supplement due to the lack of peer reviewed scientific literature indicating its efficacy for treating spinal conditions. Patients should consult their physician before starting a supplement program
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