Holistic Nutrition: What is Biotin B7 ?

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Today’s topic is Biotin or B7.

What is Biotin? It’s also called B7, Vitamin H. It’s a part of the B vitamins. It is absorbed in the small intestines. It’s a water-soluble vitamin that absorbs what it needs and removes the rest through our urine. 

Remember to check out our other B vitamin series posts. 

What does Biotin do?

Biotin helps turn fats, carbs, and proteins into the energy that we need. 

What are the Benefits of B7 (Vitamin H)

  • -Helps the functionality of the nervous system
  • Helps with liver function (metabolism)
  • Helps with the function of mucous membranes
  • Can nourish hair follicles
  • Supporting tissue of hair to help with thinning or breaking
  • May nail health B7 helps with keratin production
  • May help and assist in the progression of MS

What are the Signs of Deficiency of B7?

  • Hairloss
  • Periorificial dermatitis (a red rash that circles your mouth, eyes, and nose. Your skin can be scaly, dry, and flaky with swollen, inflamed bumps called papules)
  • Could develop conjunctivitis and skin infections.
  • Neurological systems 
  • Hypotonia 
  • Ataxia
  • Seizures
  • Numbness/tingling of extremities
  • Mental retardation and developmental delay in children
  • May show depression
  • Lethargic (tiredness)
  • Maybe even hallucinations
  • Sensorineural hearing loss, if not treated
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anorexia
  • The impaired immune system, making it easy to infections, e.g., Candida
  • Hairloss
  • Dry skin
  • Lesions (on feet and legs. After six months of deficiency)

**If you think that you may be deficient**. Visit your doctor or practitioner and ask them to check your B7 levels. Before taking supplements**

How much B-7 Should we have?

Daily Recommended Allowances of B7

What happens if you take too much B7? 

(because its water soluble, there is not much evidence of toxicity, but)

  • Insomnia 
  • Excessive thirst
  • a lot of urination

Interactions with medications?

  • Anticonvulsant Medications- can reduce the biotin stores. 
  • Valproic acid can cause deficiency.

**talk to your doctor if you are taking**

  • -azithromycin
  • -ciprofloxacin
  • -clarithromycin
  • -erythromycin
  • -roxithromycin

Reasons for not absorbing B7

  • Taking antibiotics for a long time
  • Crohns
  • Colitis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Rare inherited disorder -Biotinidase Deficiency
  • Alcohol use
  • Drug use
  • Strict eating 
  • Phenylketonuria

What fruit are high in B7?

  • Avocados
  • banana
  • raspberries

Veggies High in B7?

  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Mushrooms
  • Broccoli

Meat high in B7

  • liver
  • egg yolks
  • salmon
  • Nuts & beans
  • sunflower seeds
  • roasted almonds
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • peanuts
  • Legumes

Whole (grass-fed) 

  • Milk 
  • Cheese
  • Yogurt

What is your favorite food that is high in B7? (leave a comment below) I love cheese! *lol* I could eat cheese all day long

To supplement or not?

In general, unless you have a blood test from your doctor or practitioner or are not having any ailments that stop you from absorbing B7. A whole high-nutrient diet should be enough. With that said, there may be people that need supplements.

Well, Thats all for today!

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