Vitamin H

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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 is needed for healthy hair and skin.
Herbal supplement pills and fresh leaves spilling out of bottleThis vitamin may be used to treat certain diseases. For example, some infants develop a condition called 'cradle cap' (seborrheic dermatitis), characterized by a dry, scaly scalp, which may result from a biotin deficiency. Biotin may help improve blood sugar control. Some people have used it when trying to lose weight. It may help relieve muscle pain and prevent hair loss.

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 of Vitamin H
Vitamin H 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.

Vitamin H 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.

Disclaimer: Many people report feeling improvement in their condition and/or general well-being taking dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements. The Editorial Board of, however, cannot endorse such products since most lack peer-reviewed scientific validation of their claims. In most cases an appropriate diet and a "multiple vitamin" will provide the necessary dietary supplements for most individuals. Prior to taking additional dietary, vitamin, mineral, and/or herbal supplements it is recommended that patients consult with their personal physician to discuss their specific supplement requirements.

Updated on: 01/22/19
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