Hair Loss and Biotin 

Its natural for some hair loss when you brush or comb your hair.  Its also natural to find some hair that has shed onto your pillow during the night when you are sleeping. 

What is not natural is for your hair to fall out in such large amounts that it leads to very thin hair.  Excessive hair loss points to a problem, possibly a deficiency within your body.  Such deficiencies may ultimately lead to baldness.  If you are suffering from problems with losing your hair you need to identify the reason for the condition.  

It is possible that your hair loss is caused because your body is lacking in the proper level of Biotin necessary to maintain good health.  Biotin is essential for hair health as well as overall well-being.  Medical professionals have advised that people suffering with hair problems should take Biotin in addition to other medications. 

Before you begin taking Biotin to improve your hair loss you want to talk with your health care professional.  Your health care professional should be consulted before you start any new supplements. 

If you are experiencing hair problems you may want to start taking medications with Biotin substitutes.  Foods such as egg yolks and liver contain Biotin.  Additional foods rich in Biotin are listed below.  To maintain your health and prevent hair loss you can include these foods in your diet.  You can also improve the health of your hair by using a Biotin enriched shampoo. 

If you are someone who suffers from heartburn, acid reflux or GERD you are probably taking antacids.  Antacids reduce the amount of Biotin absorbed by the body and therefore, if you suffer from the above-mentioned health problems, you may develop hair problems. 

Biotin is a member of the Vitamin B complex family of water soluble vitamins.  It is sometimes referred to as vitamin H or vitamin B7.  When you take a water-soluble vitamin, if your body already has a high level of the vitamin, then the excess is eliminated through your urine. 

Biotin helps with the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and proteins and it helps to maintain a steady blood sugar level.   

Biotin helps with the processing of glucose and this is good for those suffering with diabetes.  Glucose is one of the sources of energy in our body.  Biotin also helps with the production of fatty acids, and with the growth and the replication of cells.  As you can see, Biotin not only helps maintain good hair health it is important for other bodily functions. 

The main natural sources of Biotin are liver, kidneys, milk, cheese, butter, dairy products, egg yolks, oysters, lobster, poultry, cauliflower, avocados, bananas, strawberries, watermelon, grapefruit, raisins, mushrooms, green peas, blackcurrants, brewer’s yeast, wheat germ, nuts, beans, lentils, oat bran, whole grains, oatmeal, peanut butter, molasses and seafood such as salmon, tuna, mackerel and herrings (foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids). 

Symptoms of Biotin deficiency include loss of appetite, dry or scaly scalp, and hair problems.  Additional health problems associated with Biotin deficiency may include nausea, depression, dermatitis, anorexia, and anemia. 

If you suspect you have a deficiency of Biotin consult with your medical professional for proper advice and guidance.