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 Vitamin B8 | Biotin

What is the importance of vitamin B8 ?

Vitamin B8 or biotin is one of the most active biological substances known. An extremely small amount of this vitamin has a marked effect on the growth of yeast and certain bacteria. It forms part of several enzyme systems. Biotin is freely soluble in hot water, but sparingly in cold water. It is insoluble in fat solvents and sparingly soluble in alcohol. Water, sulpha drugs, estrogen, food processing techniques, alcohol, and in particular, large quantities of egg white can destroy this vitamin.

Vitamin B8 or biotin is vital for a healthy immune system. It is involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It is essential for the growth and health of the hair. It prevents premature graying of the hair as well as hair loss. This vitamin helps to maintain the skin and the nervous system in a sound condition. It controls proper distribution of color pigment.

How do you know if you need more vitamin B8?

Since it is of great importance in human nutrition, deficiency of biotin causes muscular weakness, pains, pins and needles (pricking of the skin), lassitude, and lack of appetite. It may cause eczema, dandruff, hair loss and seborrhea. Other common problems which may occur are skin disorders, heart abnormalities, lung infections, anemia, extreme fatigue, confusion, mental depression, and drowsiness. The fleshy part of the tongue may waste away.

How much vitamin B8 do you need?

It is impossible for anyone to tell you how much of any particular vitamin you need. We have read many articles and reports on this subject and no two are alike. There are too many variables involved. Your age, your height and weight, your health and lifestyle, etc. The best way for you to decide which supplements you need is to read these pages and make note of any health problems you may be having which could be associated with a vitamin deficiency. Then start taking a small dose. If your symptoms don't go away after a week or two, increase your dosage. Continue this until your symptoms are relieved and stay with that dosage.

Guideline is for a 150 pound adult:

  • Men: 5 mg - Best if taken as part of a B Complex
  • Women: 5 mg - Best if taken as part of a B Complex.

Always consult your doctor or midwife during pregnancy and lactation.

Always start small and work your way up, if needed. Please be careful when dealing with fat soluble vitamins as your body retains these for extended periods of time. It is possible to take to much of these types of vitamins.

How to get enough vitamin B8?

Eating a variety of foods that contain vitamin B8 is the best way to get an adequate amount. Healthy individuals who eat a balanced diet rarely need supplements.  Select foods that contain excellent to good sources of vitamin B8 each day. Such as the following:
Dried brewer's yeast Yeast extract Wheat germ egg whites Whole meal bread
milk cheese yogurt fatty fish beef liver
rice peanut butter      

If you eat an abundant quantity of the above foods, you will not have to worry about supplementing your diet with extra Vitamin B8. If you don't eat much of the above foods, you might consider adding a supplement.

If you are looking for pasteurized, liquid egg whites, try Egg Whites International.

We get all our personal use vitamins and supplements from Puritan's Pride. We highly recommend you do the same, for all your vitamin and supplement needs. Their products are always fresh and of the highest quality. Their prices can't be beat, not even by Wal-Mart. Shipping is very fast and inexpensive.
 

 

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