Solgar Biotin, a water-soluble B vitamin, acts as a coenzyme in the metabolism of protein, fats, and carbohydrates.
Good dietary sources of biotin include organ meats, oatmeal, egg yolk, soya, mushrooms, bananas, peanuts, and brewer's yeast. Bacteria in the intestine also produce significant amounts of biotin, but evidence is conflicting as to whether biotin produced by intestinal bacteria is present at a location or is in a form that permits significant absorption by the body.
Solgar Biotin has been used in connection with the following conditions (refer to the individual health concern for complete information):
The ideal intake of Solgar Biotin is unknown. However, the amount of biotin found in most diets, combined with intestinal production, appears to be adequate for preventing deficiency symptoms. Researchers have estimated that 30 mcg per day appears to be an adequate intake for adults. Typically, consumption from a Western diet has been estimated to be 30-70 mcg per day. Larger amounts of biotin (8-16 mg per day) may be supportive for people with diabetes by lowering blood glucose levels and by preventing diabetic neuropathy. Solgar Biotin in the amount of 2.5 mg per day strengthened the fingernails of two-thirds of a group of people with brittle nails, according to one clinical trial.
Excess intake of Solgar Biotin is excreted in the urine; no toxicity symptoms have been reported.
Solgar Biotin works with some other B vitamins, such as folic acid, pantothenic acid (vitamin B5), and vitamin B12.