Overview – What is Biotin?
Biotin is a natural compound that helps our bodies strengthen and regrow hair and nails. It is one of the best vitamins for hair growth on the market.
Biotin improves the density of the hair follicle, which makes it stronger and less likely to fall out.
It also helps prevent hair loss through day to day activities like hair brushing and pulled-back hairstyles, which unfortunately is all too common, for any of us who know what a full brush of hair looks like just after one brushing.
A Compound, What’s That?
Biotin is a specific type of B-vitamin.
B vitamins play a key role in cell metabolism, cell generation, and cell energy. They help convert what we eat into something we can use as fuel.
Without B vitamins, we can’t get what we need from the food we eat. In the case of the specific B vitamin Biotin, it converts amino acids and fats into something our bodies can use for nail and hair regrowth.
B Vitamins, a closer look:
There are 8 B vitamins in total, including Biotin, and they play varied roles in the body, from producing hormones that help us relax and sleep, and help us grow by regulating sex hormones like testosterone and prolactin.
The Gang of 8 B Vitamins are key players in protecting us against memory loss, regulating glucose levels, and reducing inflammation in the body.
Bottom line: when we don’t get enough B vitamins, we can’t convert micro-nutrients into fuel that our bodies can use.
OK, Get Back to the Biotin!
Biotin is naturally found in some foods, but some people don’t get enough of those specific foods their diets.
Even more troubling, some people can still be below the technical “biotin deficiency” threshold and still experience symptoms of biotin deficiency. One of these symptoms is, unfortunately, hair loss.
Biotin shows up naturally in specific food sources like animal protein, organ meats like liver (ick!), milk and eggs, brewer’s yeast, strawberries, some nuts and seeds, and avocados.
It’s important to clarify that biotin is not something our bodes just “make” naturally.
So, if our diet is lacking from these, or we are eating nutrient-poor versions of these biotin-containing foods (conventional instead of organic-grown versions of these foods and meats, for example), a biotin supplement is essential.
Without the right vitamin supplements, hair loss will continue.
Biotin supplementation is safe for the long term, but make sure to follow your doctor’s advice and dosing recommendations.
Why This Biotin Supplement?
This product has 4.5 stars on Amazon.com reviews (at the date of this review) from over 1,500 user reviews. That’s impressive.
It’s mathematically impossible for a bad product to achieve that number of positive user reviews on an unbiased forum like Amazon, unless that product is genuinely beneficial to a wide array of people.
OK, OK, Why Else?
This specific version of biotin is suspended in the capsules in organic virgin coconut oil, to help with biotin absorption in our bodies.
Coconut has its own huge list of health benefits, and really deserves an article all of its own, but we’ll summarize them here quickly:
- improved metabolism;
- potent anti-viral benefits;
- potent anti-bacterial benefits.
But that’s another review for another day!
Because it’s an ingredient in this specific biotin supplement, you get an extra kick from the healthy organic virgin coconut oil, and you can rest easy knowing your body isn’t going to immediately “excrete” this supplement.
Is It Safe?
Vitamins often contain nasty additives and genetically-modified ingredients (GMOs), as well as fillers containing gluten. In recent history, more and more people have developed sensitivity to these things, especially gluten, even later in life.
So, even if you don’t currently have any issues with GMOs or gluten, at some point in the future it is possible that they’ll be problematic in your diet. If you’re on this Biotin supplement, it will continue to be safe for you to take in the future.
Dosage: The recommended daily maximum dose of Biotin is 10,000 mcg, which is the dose of this Biotin.
In terms of an overdose, it’s possible although extremely rare, and you’d need to basically take the entire bottle in one sitting in order to get anywhere near it.
In a therapeutic and clinical context, I’ve read studies on people with Multiple Sclerosis taking extremely high doses of biotin, to surprising benefit, but any kind of “high dose” attempt for hair loss prevention, or any other medical reason, should be cleared with your physician.
Cost – Affordable
Finally, this supplement is affordable. Under $20 gets you 120 capsules, or four months worth of daily doses of this high quality Biotin supplement.
Are there cheaper options? Sure. While the Biotin you see in the “vitamins” section of the grocery store might be a bit less expensive, it’s almost certainly not as high quality, definitely not suspended in organic virgin coconut oil, and the bottles themselves usually contain a lower pill count.
My Experience – Yes, I Take It.
I’ve personally been taking this supplement every day now for several months. I bought the 5,000 mcg dose and take two pills a day.
Next time I’ll be buying the 10,000mcg dose.
A friend who also has issues with unwanted thinning hair recommended this to me, and I’m so glad that she did.
It’s true, I’ve taken the cheap “grocery store” biotin in the past but honestly never noticed much impact. It was mostly just hope and a prayer that it (or anything!) would work for me.
HOWEVER, over the last few months I’ve noticed a few things:
- My nails (normally brittle and split) have gotten much stronger. I’ve even had to start cutting them!
- I see some regrowth in the top/side areas of my hairline which were getting balder and balder.
- The new hair that’s growing in seems stronger, too, less like “baby hair”.
I’m optimistic about my hair continuing to regrow on this Biotin supplement. I will definitely continue to take this one instead of other Biotin vitamin supplements: hair loss is too traumatic to risk trying other brands!
The Verdict? Affordable, Safe, and Highly Recommended.
When troubleshooting your own hair loss, especially if it’s happening mysteriously and suddenly, one of the first things you should rule out is a biotin deficiency.
Even if you’re at sub-clinical levels of biotin deficiency, that wouldn’t show up on a blood count consultation with your doctor or nutritionist, and you may indeed be experiencing hair loss as a result of not getting enough Biotin in your diet.
If the list of foods that contain biotin (just scroll up to that picture of raw liver if you need a refresher) aren’t frequent players in your diet (WHAAAT, you mean you don’t have “fried kidney Tuesdays” in your house??)…a supplement is a good way to make sure you’re getting enough of this crucial nutrient for hair loss prevention.
Please reach out with any comments, questions, experiences, or thoughts about Biotin, and as always I look forward to your feedback. Thanks for reading!