Biotin deficiency causes immune system and hair/skin problems.
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How to Correct a Biotin Deficiency
Biotin is considered part of the B-complex family. A deficiency causes problems in three major areas -- the immune system, nerves and muscles, and hair and skin. That is because it is a crucial part of several human enzyme systems. It affects enzymes that control such critical functions as white blood cell activity, protein manufacture, fatty acid manufacture and metabolism, carbohydrate metabolism and sugar metabolism.
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Which of These 18 Biotin Warning Symptoms Do You Actually Have?
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In the 1930s, the first deficiencies of this B vitamin were induced in animals accidentally by feeding the animals a diet rich in uncooked egg whites. It was discovered later that raw egg whites contain a substance that destroys naturally occurring biotin, both in food and in body tissues. However cooked egg whites do not contain the substance. The animals lost their fur and suffered weight loss and paralysis. Unfortunately, before the cause of the problem was discovered and corrected, some died.
Serious deficiencies in this vitamin are rare. Since it is synthesized by bacteria in the intestines, a deficiency may occur after taking antibiotics. This is because antibiotics destroy intestinal bacteria. Also, some people have an inherited disorder that increases their need for this particular B vitamin.
Foods to Eat:
Foods are your best sources of all nutrients including Biotin.
- eggs (cooked)
- whole wheat
- wheat bran
- wheat germ
- brown rice
What to Do:
If your chart shows deficiencies of a this deficiency, increase your intake of the above foods. Also take a good multivitamin / mineral capsule or a B-complex tablet with it included. Do this daily (with a meal) and follow all recommendations to improve your digestion.
Try to get your B Vitamins from foods.