Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 and formerly known as Vitamin H, is a part of the vitamin B complex family. Its main function is to convert carbohydrates into glucose and then glucose into energy so that we can be active. However, another function of this vitamin is to promote healthy skin, nails, and hair. It is found in our foods as well as bath and body products. But, you can also add it to your diet in supplement form.
While this vitamin is available in bath and body products, there is insufficient evidence to support that it can be easily absorbed through the skin in helpful amounts, which is why it is better to ingest it in foods or as a supplement. This is most likely because this vitamin is produced in your intestines as it is filtered out of foods or supplements. This vitamin can be obtained by eating eggs, nuts, wheat products and milk products; this includes chocolate for all of you chocolate lovers out there.
So, how does it help hair, skin, and nails you ask? Well, your hair, skin, and nails are all made of keratin, a protein that your body naturally produces. In fact, your skin is actually made of layers of keratin. When the top layer made of dead keratin cells sheds off, a new layer of healthy keratin cells takes its place.
What does keratin have to do with Biotin? Biotin increases keratin development allowing your body to produce higher levels of keratin. Keratin actually offers protection to your skin, hair, and nails. It provides waterproofing, strength, and adds elasticity to your skin. Additionally, it improves thin, brittle, and splitting toenails, fingernails, and hair.
So, whether you are looking to strengthen your hair or nails, or bring elasticity back to your skin, this amazing vitamin might be the way to go. The best way to start getting this vitamin into your body, is to add it to your diet, chocolate included.