Vitamin H – what is biotin?

Biotin, vitamin H or B7 – these few names refer to the same chemical compound, which is an important component of no less important enzymes. It is said to be a substance responsible for basic chemical reactions.

 

  1. A few words about biotin itself

Vitamin H also called biotin or vitamin B7 is a water-soluble chemical compound that occurs in plant and animal organisms. Biotin can occur in both the free state and in the form combined with proteins. The first form is present in milk and vegetables (tomatoes, spinach, carrots) and the other in meat products and yeast.

 

  1. The role of vitamin B7 in the body

Biotin is an irreplaceable component of carboxylases – enzymes responsible for a number of important biochemical reactions in the body. The main tasks of vitamin B7 is

 

– transfer of carbon dioxide during metabolism;

– complicity in the transformation of amino acids and carbohydrates;

– participation in the metabolism of proteins and fats;

– impact on thyroid function and carbon dioxide transformation;

– participation in the prothrombin synthesis process;

– improving the appearance of the skin and hair.

 

  1. Dosage of the preparation

Due to the lack of adequate information, there is no unambiguously accepted daily dose of biotin. You can only assume that the approximate proportions look as follows

– infants from 5 to 6 µg;

– children and adolescents from 8 to 25 µg;

– adults about 30 µg.

 

There is also no information in the context of contraindications to the use of vitamin B7. Speaking about the symptoms of deficiency of this substance, the main symptoms are inflammation of the skin, hair loss, elevated cholesterol levels and inflammatory changes in the intestines.

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