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    I'm probably being hypochondriac(al?) and stringing together some symptoms that I have had, but I think I might somehow be biotin deficient. I'm planning to pick up a supplement on the way home today, but am not sure what to look for as far as the form it is in/ the source. From what I could find some is made from brewer's yeast (do I need to worry about gluten) and there is d-biotin. Cillakat, I know you probably have this covered in your links, but I can't get them to load from my current location (work). Any suggestions on what to look for?

    Thanks in advance.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by yodiewan View Post
      I'm probably being hypochondriac(al?) and stringing together some symptoms that I have had, but I think I might somehow be biotin deficient. I'm planning to pick up a supplement on the way home today, but am not sure what to look for as far as the form it is in/ the source. From what I could find some is made from brewer's yeast (do I need to worry about gluten) and there is d-biotin. Cillakat, I know you probably have this covered in your links, but I can't get them to load from my current location (work). Any suggestions on what to look for?

      Thanks in advance.
      biotin is easy breezy lemon squeezy. you should be okay with whatever form you can find. Cheap is totally fine.

      I tend to do about 1mg/1000mcg per day in the form of a capsule or lozenge. Plain powder is also fine - and it's tasteless.



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      • #4
        Here's the one I use:

        Now Foods, Biotin 5,000 mcg
        http://www.iherb.com/Now-Foods-Bioti...Vcaps/447?at=0


        According to the following resource, it's very unlikely to harm yourself by taking too much biotin:

        Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Research Center: Biotin
        http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/vitamins/biotin/

        Fwiw, it seems to be having a positive effect for me... my previously-thick hair has become "remarkably thick and healthy" according to my hairdresser, and my nails are strong and grow very quickly.
        Last edited by healthseekerKate; 10-28-2010, 10:37 AM.

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        • #5
          Thanks cillakat! I was hoping you, as the resident supplement expert, would reply.
          Thanks to you also Kate.

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          • #6
            I just started last night with 300g tablets. I'm going to work up to 1mg with those.


            Just a warning, if you google "acne" + "biotin" there are a lot of people, clear-skinned and not, that get breakouts from biotin supps. That said, there are a lot of people that seem to do fine. I'm just going to be on the lookout for sudden changes in my skin.

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            • #7
              Can I ask what symptoms / reasons there are for taking biotin supplements? It's not something I know anything about.
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              • #8
                I took biotin supplements for quite a while, hoping they'd help with my splitting, peeling nails (and thinning hair). All they did was make my hair grow FASTER, and because I wear it short, it meant more frequent haircuts. It did nothing for my nails, but many people find it helps them.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by emmie View Post
                  I took biotin supplements for quite a while, hoping they'd help with my splitting, peeling nails (and thinning hair). All they did was make my hair grow FASTER, and because I wear it short, it meant more frequent haircuts. It did nothing for my nails, but many people find it helps them.
                  YAY! I'm taking this to help my hair grow faster. I hope that it will be enough to notice a difference.

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                  • #10
                    Hi there, I'm thinking of taking Biotin for my thinning hair. Just wondering if anyone has noticed a difference? Thanks!

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                    • #11
                      I took Biotin for 6 months for thinning hair. No noticeable difference.

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                      • #12
                        I'm taking Bioin for thinning hair. I haven't seen any changes for my hair, but my nails are really strong and growing faster.

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                        • #13
                          Thank You for your responses! Don't think I'm gonna take it.

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                          • #14
                            I have been dealing with a nagging shoulder injury that results in some pain and muscle fatigue. I have had PT, trigger point therapy, etc. but recently went to see a Chiropractor friend who did a bunch of muscle tests and also nutritional tests. 2 things that IMMEDIATELY improved the muscle strength were Biotin and B12 (which are critical in Fatty Acid synthesis and energy production). Has anyone seen anything similar to this?

                            I started reading about what could lead to Biotin and B12 problems and found that a protein in Raw egg whites can bind with both Biotin and B12 - and as it turns out, I have been adding raw egg (yolks) to my smoothies for a few months. I try to get just the yolk, but I am sure some egg white comes along for the ride.

                            Thoughts?

                            ...Tim

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                            • #15
                              My sister recommended biotin for hair. Her hair is lovely, so I tried it. It's been about 5 months, so the bottom ~ 2 inches or so would be the new growth since I started. I can't tell, though if I have any new short hairs.

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