A Supplement For Healthy Hair and Nails: Learn More About Biotin
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Vitamin B7, also known as biotin, is a water-soluble B vitamin necessary for several key metabolic functions.
Biotin is a co-factor in many enzymatic reactions, and serious complications can result from biotin deficiency, including diseases of the skin, intestinal tract, and nervous system. Biotin plays a role in:
- Regulating blood glucose levels and may help in decreasing insulin resistance, the root issue in type 2 diabetes.
- Maintaining healthy hair and nails
- Possibly preventing birth defects.
You can obtain biotin from foods including organ meats, barley, brewers yeast, egg yolks, milk, royal jelly, whole soy foods, and wheat bran. Avocado, broccoli, cauliflower, cheeses, chicken, fish, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, pork, potatoes, and spinach also provide biotin. Many of these foods are highly nutritious for a variety of reasons and are essential parts of my Anti-Inflammatory Pyramid.
Try these recipes that offer up B7:
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