Over the past few years, biotin has become an incredibly popular supplement, with a huge amount of hair products and supplements containing biotin appearing on the market.
Biotin is one of a number of vitamins that play a role in the growth of healthier, thicker hair. It’s also one of the only natural hair loss treatments backed up by science, with data showing that the use of biotin can produce a significant increase in hair growth amongst people suffering from a biotin deficiency.
But does biotin actually work for hair loss? Can it help to prevent and reverse the effects of hair loss?
Does biotin help hair growth?
Biotin can help to maintain healthy looking hair and nails, preventing hair loss, promoting hair growth, and nourishing thinning hair.
Biotin works by helping to generate amino acids by reacting with cell enzymes. These amino acids build proteins, such as keratin, which forms the basis of the hair.
When will I see results?
This varies from person to person, however most people won’t see any benefits until they have been taking biotin for around 5-12 weeks. To optimise results, make sure your intake is consistent and remember to take your supplements each day (or as directed by a medical practitioner). It’s thought that the longer you intake a higher dose of biotin, the better the results will be for your hair.
Do I need biotin supplements?
Biotin can be found in a wide range of foods, including organ meats, egg yolks, nuts, legumes, whole grains, bananas, cauliflower, mushrooms, and more. Most people can get a good amount of biotin through a healthy, nutritious diet, however, many people choose to take biotin supplements in order to boost their hair growth, health, and thickness.
Biotin supplements are available over the counter and the vitamin can be found in many hair growth supplements.
Biotin + Amino Acids
Whilst biotin undoubtedly offers many benefits when it comes to hair growth and hair loss treatment and prevention, there are always two sides to every story and it’s also important to note that research has shown that, without the right amino acids, biotin alone is not beneficial.
In fact, biotin is part of a much bigger picture.
Is biotin safe?
Biotin isn’t toxic, so there are no dangerous side effects to your liver or other organs from taking biotin supplements.
However, many studies have now shown that, as with many substances, an overdose of biotin can actually have negative effects. Of course, the same could be said for almost anything when consumed in large amounts.
To be on the safe side, it’s advisable to choose a supplement that contains under the daily recommended allowance of biotin, ensuring that you supplement your dietary intake of biotin, rather than exceeding the recommended amount dramatically.
All things considered, the answer is, yes – biotin can really help hair loss. However, it’s important that it is taken along with other supplements and as part of a healthy, balanced diet.