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.
Here's the one I use:
Now Foods, Biotin 5,000 mcg
According to the following resource, it's very unlikely to harm yourself by taking too much biotin:
Linus Pauling Institute Micronutrient Research Center: 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 at 10:37 AM.
Thanks cillakat! I was hoping you, as the resident supplement expert, would reply.
Thanks to you also Kate.
I just started last night with 300µg 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.
Can I ask what symptoms / reasons there are for taking biotin supplements? It's not something I know anything about.
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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.