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The Importance of Biotin For Healthy Hair

Shiny, healthy and gorgeous – either you are blessed with hair like that or you aspire to have it some day. However, for most of us, it seems to be the latter. With the lives we lead, the constant stress, poor eating habits and pollution around us, our hair often bears the brunt. Every other person today is suffering from hair fall, hair thinning, premature greying, or other scalp related problems. Dull, brittle hair with split ends only adds to the woes. The question is, can the situation be reversed? The answer is, yes – with the help of this natural phenomenon called Biotin.
Hair Fall Issue

The importance of Biotin

The answer to all your hair problems lies in an essential nutrient, known as Biotin. A part of the Vitamin B family, biotin is the alternate name for Vitamin B7. It is also known as Vitamin H. Why? The ‘H’ stands for ‘haar and haut’ which means  ‘skin and hair’ in German. Biotin plays an important role in stimulating keratin production in your hair to boost follicle growth and strengthen it from within.

Using different shampoos, conditioners or masks with several chemicals may not help your hair as much as vitamins and minerals would. You are what you eat and so is your hair. With the intake of fast food and processed foods on the rise, the body loses out on the nutrients that it needs to nourish – which means healthy hair needs to begin within. That is why you need to consume foods that are rich in nutrients essential for your hair growth and wellbeing. Needless to say, biotin is one of these nutrients and your diet must include it.

How does your body get its share of Biotin?

The human body cannot produce Biotin and it can only be consumed orally through the foods you eat. Additionally, biotin is a water soluble vitamin, which means that it doesn’t get stored and needs to be consumed consistently to meet the body’s ever increasing requirements. Some of the foods rich in biotin are as follows:

●    Egg yolk
●    Pork liver
●    Oat flakes
●    White Mushrooms
●    Nuts and seeds
●    Rice
●    Legumes
●    Sweet Potatoes
●    Bananas
●    Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc
●    Avocados
●    Yeast

Including these biotin-rich foods in your diet will help you on your journey to healthy hair. If you don’t get all the biotin you need from the food you consume, there are biotin supplements available in the market as well.

Wellbeing Nutrition’s melts® Healthy Hair, an effective nano oral thin strip that melts in your mouth, packs the goodness of natural Biotin from Sesbania and is a hassle-free way to meet your needs.

How does Biotin affect your body?

Biotin plays an instrumental role in many of your body’s major systems. A few significant Biotin benefits include:
●    Improving the keratin infrastructure of your hair, which automatically reduces hair fall and supports the growth of your hair follicles.
●    Strengthening your hair, by reducing breakage and taking you a step closer to flaunting healthy and lustrous hair.
●    Preventing skin rashes and brittle nails
●    Much like the other B vitamins, biotin aids the body in using enzymes and carrying nutrients throughout the body.
●    Moreover, biotin may also help manage symptoms of diabetes and other metabolic disorders such as insulin sensitivity. For those suffering from diabetes, it helps regulate their blood sugar levels.
●    It helps prevent macular degeneration.
●    Furthermore, it helps detoxify and improve liver function, particularly in those suffering with non alcoholic fatty liver and liver cirrhosis.

Improving Hair Care

Final Takeaway

The self-care market is tapping into the consumers’ distressed state of mind over their hair quality, the result of which is a plethora of hair care products flooding the shelves. From shampoos that cater to a specific hair type to masks for everyone – you name it and you’ve got it. However, the question remains-, are we focusing on the right solutions? Will topical products help when the problem could lie within?

If you are someone who is experiencing the gradual thinning of hair, red and scaly rashes around the eyes, nose and mouth, listlessness, hallucinations or tingling in the arms or legs, there is a possibility that you may have biotin deficiency. In that case, it would be best to get your levels checked. If you do have a deficiency, ensure that you include more biotin-rich foods (as mentioned above) in your diet or take supplements as per the recommendations of your healthcare provider.

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