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Why do people take biotin?

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Biotin supplements have been studied as a treatment for a number of conditions. Biotin might decrease insulin resistance and nerve symptoms related to type 2 diabetes. More research needs to be done. Some preliminary evidence suggests that biotin might help strengthen brittle nails. Other uses of biotin -- for conditions like cradle cap, hepatitis, hair loss, and depression -- are unsupported or untested.

However, most people don't need biotin supplements. We get biotin in foods naturally. Our bodies also recycle the biotin we've already used. Genuine biotin deficiency is quite rare.

From: Biotin WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Zempleni, J. 2009. Biofactors,

Scheinfeld, N. , 2007. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Head, K. 2006. Alternative Medicine Review,

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Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Biotin.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Biotin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Biotin.”

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 13, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L., ed. , third edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Zempleni, J. 2009. Biofactors,

Scheinfeld, N. , 2007. Journal of Drugs in Dermatology

Head, K. 2006. Alternative Medicine Review,

Institute of Medicine.

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center: “About Herbs: Biotin.”

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: “Biotin.”

Natural Standard Patient Monograph: “Biotin.”

Reviewed by Carmen Patrick Mohan on June 13, 2017

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