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Vitamin H (Biotin)

Vitamin / Mineral Supplement Overview:
Vitamin H, otherwise known as biotin, is essential to normal growth and development and overall health. Bacteria in the intestines produce enough biotin for the body so that most people would not need an additional supplement of vitamin H. However, additional great sources of vitamin H are found in egg yolks, fish, nuts, oatmeal, and beans.

How Vitamin H (Biotin) Works in the Body:
Essential for release of food energy
Vitamin H (Biotin) reduces symptoms of zinc deficiency
Functions in protein metabolism
Vitamin H (Biotin) helps in the formation of fatty acids
Vitamin H (Biotin) could relieve muscle pain and depression
People who consume large amounts of raw eggs may benefit from this supplement

Foods High in Vitamin H (Biotin):
Almonds
Bananas
Brewers yeast
Brown rice
Bulgur wheat
Butter
Calf liver
Cashew nuts
Cheese
Chicken
Clams
Eggs, cooked
Green peas
Lentils
Liver
Mackerel
Meats
Milk
Mushrooms
Oat bran
Oatmeal
Peanut Butter
Peanuts
Salmon
Soybeans
Split peas
Tuna
Walnuts

Using Vitamin H (Biotin):
Available as:
Liquid: the best form due to its high bioavailability and fast absorption. Always choose liquid as your first choice when supplementing your diet.
Tablets: available

Recommended Daily Vitamin H (Biotin) Intakes
Men: 30 mcg
Women: 30 mcg
Pregnancy: 30 mcg
Lactation: 35 mcg

Medical Precautions: Consult your doctor if you have:
No problems should occur.

Over 55:
No problems should occur.

Pregnancy:
No problems should occur. Keep within the DRI.

Breastfeeding:
No problems should occur. Keep within the DRI.

Vitamin Supplement Storage:
Heat and/or moisture may alter the vitamin. Refrigeration is recommended.

Symptoms of Vitamin H (Biotin) Deficiency:
Symptoms are incredibly rare. However, if such a deficiency occurs, symptoms may include hair loss, dermatitis, anemia, muscle pain, loss of appetite, lethargy, depression, hallucinations, and lowered immunity.

Vitamin H (Biotin) Overdose:
Signs of Overdose:
Amounts in excess of the manufacturer's suggested dosage is nontoxic.

Vitamin H (Biotin) Side Effects:
No side effects should occur if taken within the daily recommended amount.

Vitamin H (Biotin) Interactions:
Interacts with : Combined effect
Long term antibiotics (broad spectrum) : May lead to significant biotin deficiency.
Sulfonamides : May lead to significant Vitamin H (Biotin) deficiency.
Alcohol/Tobacco products : Absorption of Vitamin H (Biotin) reduced.

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