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Vitamin H

Food with Vitamin H

Vitamin H, otherwise known as biotin, is essential to normal growth and development and overall health.

Bacteria in the intestines produce enough biotin for the body so that most people would not need an additional supplement of vitamin H.

However, additional great sources of vitamin H are found in egg yolks, fish, nuts, oatmeal, and beans.

How Vitamin H Works in Your Body

  • Essential for release of food energy
  • Reduces symptoms of zinc deficiency
  • Functions in protein metabolism
  • Helps in the formation of fatty acids
  • Could relieve muscle pain and depression

Where You Get Vitamin H

Vitamin H is found in almonds, bananas, brewers yeast, brown rice, bulgur wheat, butter, calf liver, cashew nuts, cheese, chicken, clams, cooked eggs, green peas, lentils, liver, mackerel, meats, milk, mushrooms, oat bran, oatmeal, peanut butter, peanuts, salmon, soybeans, split peas, tuna and walnuts.

Vitamin H Supplement

Biotin (10,000mcg) works with B vitamins to break down and metabolize fats in the body. Also helps with energy metabolism and maintains healthy hair and skin.

From PDR Health:  "It has been claimed that supplemental biotin can reverse loss and graying of hair. In fact, biotin and pantothenic acid are widely used in cosmetic hair products. Except in cases of biotin deficiency, there appears to be no basis for this claim."

There is a report, however, that severe hair loss secondary to biotin deficiency occurs in some patients receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN). Supplementation with 200 micrograms of biotin daily has resulted in gradual regrowth of healthy hair in some of these patients.

See also: Biotin.

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