Published: 11/04/2014 - Updated: 03/08/2020
Author: Dra. Loredana Lunadei, PhD
Biotin is also known as vitamin B8, and its primary function is taking part in metabolizing carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. It also catalyzes carbon dioxide fixation (during fatty acid synthesis). But this vitamin is also known for its anti-tension properties, which means that it helps reduce stress and body pressure.
Properties of Vitamin B8
(Keeping in mind that this vitamin should be taken from natural sources):
- Helps fight stress: even though stress is a condition produced primarily by fatigue, too much work, problems, resentments, fears, drugs, chemicals, etc., it can also be caused by deficient Biotin consumption.
- Its ability to fight parasitic illnesses.
- It can improve women’s fertility.
- Helps fight facial stains or excess pigmentation.
- It can cure vitiligo by taking 1000 mg of biotin a day, combined with pantothenic acid and folic acid.
- Helps strengthen the skin’s sun resistance.
Metabolic processes that vitamin B8 takes part in
- Forming hemoglobin.
- Cellular processes on a genetic level.
- Obtaining energy from glucose.
- Helps correct metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and lipids.
- Keeps nails, skin and hair healthy. Prevents hair loss and damage.
- Prevents diabetic neuropathy and stabilizes blood sugar levels (glycemia).
Symptoms of Biotin deficiency
- Excessive hair loss.
- Dermatitis or eczema.
- Cardiovascular system imbalances.
- Low disease resistance.
- Lung infections.
- When deficiency is prolonged, skin becomes dry and peels off.
- Rapid fatigue during daily activities.
- Muscle pains
- Mental depression
Stress, tension and Biotin
All stressful situations cause a lot of damage and wear on the body, most of all, attacking the nervous system. That’s why in this life of demands and hurry, you must pay special attention to consuming foods that contribute to reducing wear that the body suffers from day to day, and that helps maintain both physical and mental equilibrium. There is nothing better for this than having all of the B-complex vitamins present, which are indispensable for softening wear caused by tension.
Natural sources of Biotin
- Brewer’s yeast
- Egg yolk
- Whole grains
- Fresh liver and entrails
- Soy flour
- White meats like birds and fish
- Other vegetable sources: mushrooms, barley, whole-grain flours, walnuts, soy, beans, and garbanzos.
- Bacteria in intestinal flora also synthesize biotin.
Biotin for fighting grays and preventing them from emerging
Together with folic acid and pantothenic acid, biotin is essential for preventing grays. If you want to prevent gray hair, keep them from sprouting, or reduce them, try this smoothie daily:
You will need:
- One egg yolk (do not mix it with the white because the egg white prevents biotin absorption)
- One glass of soy milk, or more, depending on how you like the thickens.
- One fruit of choice: papaya, banana, mango or apple.
- A little bit of honey.
- Three fresh walnuts
- One tablespoon of wheat germ
Mix everything in a blender and serve without straining. If the mixture is very thick, add a bit more soy milk. Drink slowly in the morning, do not strain. This liquid covers breakfast with its nutrient contribution.
Remember that the appearance of grays is accelerated by excessive stress and tension. That’s why, in addition to drinking this smoothie, you should try to stay relaxed and give yourself constant scalp massages to circulate nutrients, and to relax the scalp.
More about Biotin
It was discovered in 1935, it is a hydrosoluble vitamin, coenzyme of B-complex vitamins. It functions together is pantothenic acid and folic acid.
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