Biotin is a B-vitamin. Some health professionals have reported success with biotin for restoring lost hair. High doses (5-8 mg) of biotin are thought to be effective in restoring head hair growth in some women, with no known side effects. Some specialty shampoos feature biotin for this reason.
High doses of biotin appear to promote healthy glucose (blood sugar) metabolism. A large percentage of women with PCOS have impaired glucose tolerance (IGT). IGT is a pre-diabetic state of disturbed blood sugar that is associated with insulin resistance and increased risk of cardiovascular disease. IGT may precede type 2 diabetes by many years. IGT is also a risk factor for mortality. Biotin appears to improve glucose tolerance in both humans and lab animals.
A study from Tohoku University in Japan showed that high amounts of supplemental biotin helped rats to significantly reduce their IGT. The rats consuming the highest amount of supplemental biotin lost weight even though their food intake increased.
One human study of diabetics showed that after one month of biotin supplementation (9 mg/day), blood sugar levels decreased by an average of 45%.
High doses of biotin have been shown to reduce triglycerides as well as a "bad" form of cholesterol called "VLDL".
Biotin appears to help reinforce the structure of nails, promote strength and thickness, and reduce splitting.
Recent studies have expanded biotin's metabolic role, suggesting that it maintains healthy genetic expression of the many enzymes for which it is a cofactor. Biotin also supports nervous system health and function.*
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Each capsule contains: Biotin (8 mg)
Suggested Dosage: 1-2 capsules daily, in divided doses, with meals.
Vegetable-based capsules. Independently tested by certified laboratories for purity, potency, and microorganisms. Free of gluten or soy.
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