BY LUSETA BEAUTY
With so many vitamins and supplements on the market that advertise hair growth and other benefits it’s often hard to figure out which ones are actually worth your time. We can’t promise that any one brand of vitamin promising to help your hair, skin, or nails is going to help more than the other, but we can promise that there are a few key ingredients to look out for in these supplements that provide the most benefit. Biotin is one of those ingredients, and its many health benefits all boil down to a couple parts of the body: the hair, skin, and nails.
Biotin, which is actually a water-soluble form of vitamin B, occurs naturally in the body and helps your body convert nutrients into your hair, skin, and nails. For this reason it plays a huge role in the health of those parts of the body, and can impact how quickly they grow and how strong they are. If you’ve ever noticed that your nails are feeling more brittle or less strong than usual, it’s a pretty good indicator that your body isn’t getting enough biotin or vitamin B. A diet rich in biotin will help your hair grow faster and stay stronger for longer. While you can’t really add nutrients to hair once it’s grown out of your scalp, you can help your new growth by making sure it’s full of the right nutrients.
Research seems to be conflicted about whether or not biotin supplements will actually help hair growth if your body isn’t deficient of biotin already (which is also rare, since it occurs naturally in many foods). Regardless, many doctors recommend loading up on the stuff anyway—just in case. Many studies have found that taking biotin supplements will help hair growth as well as reducing the amount of hair shed over time, but not enough evidence has been gathered to prove that biotin supplements play a major role in hair health—but there’s no harm in trying!
HOW DOES BIOTIN HELP THE HAIR?
Your hair, skin, and nails are made up of keratin, a naturally occurring substance in the body. Biotin helps your body convert carbohydrates and fats from food into nutrients that are broken down and distributed into different parts of the body, like your hair, skin, and nails. Many people who experience thinning hair or hair loss will find that supplementing their diet with more biotin will help it continue to grow—or at least prevent it from excess shedding. It can also make new hair and nail growth feel stronger, as well as helping the skin with cell turnover to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Scientists have found that adult bodies only need a little bit of biotin in order to be getting enough. Some studies have shown that women who took biotin supplements every day for an extended period of time saw that their hair felt thicker and shed less than the women who did not take the supplements at all. Other studies have shown similar results, but doctors are still wary that the supplement does enough to really be considered effective in all cases.
TAKING BIOTIN SUPPLEMENTS - ARE THERE RISKS?
There isn’t a recommended daily allowance on biotin as suggested by the FDA because so many foods are rich in the vitamin to begin with. This is also because exposure to too much biotin can lead to side effects like nausea, particularly on an empty stomach. Before taking any new supplement it’s a good idea to check with your doctor and make sure that your body will react well to the vitamin.
Foods that are naturally rich in biotin can help your body just as much as a supplement. Some of the foods that have the highest levels of biotin include things like whole grains, bananas, mushrooms, or cauliflower. Organ meats are also found to have high levels of biotin, and you can’t go wrong with eating nuts and legumes that are rich with healthy fats and vitamins.
Biotin supplements often come in the form of oral vitamins, but there are hair care products on the market that can help nourish your existing hair to keep it healthy and strong. Luseta Beauty’s Biotin & Collagen Collection is rich with nourishing ingredients that promote healthy hair. Collagen and biotin help protect the hair and condition each individual strand to prevent breakage and dryness.
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