By Olivia |
If you are trying to regrow your hair, biotin may be your best friend.
This B vitamin is crucial for the production of hair. And because it is impossible to get the amount of biotin needed for hair growth from food, supplements are the only way to go. As a bonus, taking biotin will also strengthen and improve the health of your skin and nails.
Our bodies naturally produce biotin from bacteria and yeast, but we may not be making enough of it. Biotin is involved in processing fat, protein and carbohydrate into energy the body’s cell use, as well as playing a part in producing fatty acids. Biotin helps build and strengthen many tissues in the body – muscles, bone, skin, nails, hair. Boosting your biotin intake can promote the production of thicker, healthier strands of hair.
Biotin is so important in the process of growing hair that even doctors will often prescribe biotin to patients experiencing hair loss. A dose of 2 mg – 3 mg a day is typical, but severe hair loss patients may be advised to take up to 5 mg of biotin. In these cases, it is often used along side other hair restoration products such as Minoxidil, Proscar and Propecia.
There are shampoos and other topical products containing biotin, but experts generally believe that biotin can not be absorbed well through the skin, if at all. Most likely, these biotin fortified hair products will not do any harm, but their ability to help is questionable.
If you have weak, thin, brittle hair, supplementing with biotin once a day may be your best bet in achieving thicker, stronger, healthier hair.