Wednesday, February 13, 2019

BEAUTY SCIENCE: Biotin

As we age, the length of the growing phase of hair decreases, causing the hair to become weaker and thinner after each hair growth cycle. That’s why it’s important to ensure your diet is rich in specific nutrients to maintain normal, healthy hair growth.

Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that's a part of the vitamin B family. It's also known as vitamin H. Your body needs biotin to help convert certain nutrients into energy. It is found in small amounts in many foods such as eggs, milk, or bananas. For most people the biotin they get from their diet is sufficient. However, if you aren’t getting enough biotin, you may experience hair loss or a scaly red rash. Why? Keratin is a basic protein that makes up your hair, skin and nails. Biotin improves your body’s keratin infrastructure.

Understanding your hair growth cycles, may help you to determine if you need a hair loss, hair growth supplement.

Hair grows from the follicle, or root, underneath the skin. The hair is ‘fed’ by blood vessels at the base of the follicle, which give it the nourishment it needs to grow. Between starting to grow and falling out years later, each hair passes through three stages: anagen, catagen and telogen. Every hair is at a different stage of the growth cycle.
  • Anagen (Growing Phase) phase usually lasts 2-7 years, and the length of this phase determines the length of our hair. 
  • Catagen (Transition Phase) This is the transitional phase that lasts about ten days. During this stage, the hair follicle decreases in size and detaches from the dermal papilla. 
  • Telogen (Resting Phase) This is the telogen, or resting, phase, which generally lasts around 3 months. Around 10-15% of the hair on your head is in this phase at any given time. While the old hair is resting, a new hair begins the growing phase. 
    • This is when shedding occurs. The old hair detaches and sheds, and new hair continues to grow. Approximately 50 to 150 of your hairs may fall out daily. That is considered a normal rate of hair shedding.

Don't expect overnight results. As with any supplement, it's consistency over time that gets results.  It is also important to talk with your doctor before you start taking any nutritional supplement.

As well as hair loss and brittle nails, Biotin does have several other proven benefits.  For example, biotin is one of several B vitamins that supports a healthy metabolism. Biotin converts glucose from carbohydrates into energy for the body and aids amino acids in carrying out normal bodily functions.
Biotin is also thought to:
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve cognitive function
  • help lower blood sugar in people with diabetes
  • increase “good” HDL cholesterol and decrease “bad” LDL cholesterol 
You can view the entire ingredients label for all of our supplements right on their web page.

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