What are the Benefits of Biotin?

N. Madison
N. Madison

Biotin is one of the lesser-known B-complex vitamins. In fact, it was originally labeled with an entirely different letter and was called vitamin H. Despite being less well known than some other B vitamins, biotin offers many health benefits. In fact, it may be helpful for the prevention and treatment of skin conditions such as acne, eczema, cradle cap, and diaper rash. It may also help a person to have healthy hair and nails. Biotin also supports the nervous system and is even said to encourage weight loss.

Cauliflower is a source of biotin.
Cauliflower is a source of biotin.

One of the main benefits of biotin is energy production. This vitamin is vital for fat and carbohydrate metabolism. It helps move carbohydrates onward in the process of conversion to energy the body can use. This may be particularly helpful for those with diabetes, as it may help to keep their blood sugar levels controlled. Biotin also helps to convert fat into usable energy, which is why it may be associated with weight loss.

Biotin supplements are one way to boost biotin levels.
Biotin supplements are one way to boost biotin levels.

Also among the benefits of biotin are the prevention and treatment of skin conditions. For example, the vitamin may be helpful for people with acne as well as a full range of other skin conditions. Part of the reason it may be helpful is the fact that it aids in fat synthesis by allowing a critical enzyme to do its job and contribute to the production of fat. While fat is often considered detrimental and undesirable, it is important for all cells of the body; the skin cells, in particular, need fat in order to stay healthy and reproduce properly. As such, those who do not have enough biotin may suffer from more problems involving the skin.

There are also benefits of biotin that involve the nervous system. This is due to the fact that the nervous system utilizes energy that comes from the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats; biotin plays an important role in this process. The nervous-system-related benefits of biotin may include such things as improved nerve health, muscle tone, and coordination.

There are many foods a person may consume in order to enjoy the benefits of biotin. Among the food sources that are most rich in biotin are tomatoes, carrots, and chard. Other good sources include onions, cauliflower, halibut, eggs, and milk. People may also get biotin from romaine lettuce, cabbage, strawberries, and some types of nuts. Some people also get biotin by taking vitamin supplements.

Chard is particularly high in biotin.
Chard is particularly high in biotin.
N. Madison
N. Madison

Nicole’s thirst for knowledge inspired her to become a wiseGEEK writer, and she focuses primarily on topics such as homeschooling, parenting, health, science, and business. When not writing or spending time with her four children, Nicole enjoys reading, camping, and going to the beach.

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@literally45-- The same thing happened to me. I asked my doctor about it and he said that I need to take biotin in a vitamin B complex. Apparently, biotin works better when taken with other B vitamins, otherwise, the body doesn't use most of it and it passes out of our system through urine. It can also cause acne, lack of appetite and so forth.

Biotin has benefits for hair and nails. I think more than simply growing them, it makes hair and nails grow healthy and strong, which is better in my view.


@literally45-- I'm not taking biotin for hair growth, but for diabetes. Biotin helps balance my blood sugar levels. It has also helped decrease some of the symptoms I was experiencing in my legs and feet due to diabetes. I sometimes would get numbness or tingling in my lower legs and feet. That has disappeared since taking biotin.

I think in addition to diabetes, I might have had a biotin deficiency. I am completely convinced of the benefits of biotin supplements.

As for side effects, I haven't experienced any so far.


I've been taking biotin for hair loss. I think it's working but it's also affecting my skin badly. I don't know if it's a coincidence, but I have been experiencing a lot of acne since I started taking it.

Is anyone else taking biotin for hair loss? What has been your experience? Is it working? Have you had any side effects?

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