Day 307-Wednesday's Medical Minute-How Biotin Benefits a Body

Good morning and how are you today?

I thought I would make a case for Biotin, formerly known as Vitamin H, this morning as to how it helps strengthen and grow hair and nails, and why it is necessary for cell growth. It seems that being deficient in Biotin is rare, most people get it from eggs and butter, the rest get it from supplementation. Soybeans and beef liver are the best sources-does anybody really eat that stuff?

A few of the ways to determine if you are deficient can be:

  • Brittle thin nails
  • Hair loss
  • conjunctivitis
  • Dermatitis- a scaly red rash around the eyes, nose, mouth and genital area.

The last two only occur when the deficiency is severe.

The discovery of Biotin was made by biochemist Dean Burke, who found that it has an unusual structure and is necessary for the production of fats and amino acids.

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I take biotin daily as a supplement because although my nails grow like weeds, my hair is another story, not to mention, I do not eat soy-beans or otherwise, and I HATE liver! The jury is still out on whether it does me any good, yet I will continue to take it because one gets so little in a normal diet. However, I do eat sunflower seeds and lots of Kerrygold butter, which are ok sources, if not the best. Eggs are the lowest on the list at 18.9 mcg but I eat them pretty regularly. One only needs 30 micrograms a day to get 100% of their daily requirement.

How do you get your Biotin? Vitamin B supplements? Do you really like liver? If you have a great idea for food sources, I would love to hear it. Just comment below and let a girl know! I’ll be waiting on the patio for your suggestions. Have a great day!

 

 

Day 255-Throwback Thursday-Where Did it Go? (The Evolution of My Hair)

Once upon a time, in a state called Mississippi, there lived a little girl with long, beautiful hair. Her grandad loved her hair, but since he did not have to brush it and take care of it, the girl’s mother decided it would be better if she cut it short. In a pixie. She looked like a little boy then, and the grandfather was very sad. Mother didn’t care though, it was so much easier for her to care for.

The evolution of my hair from long and thick to short and thin

Thus began the up and down history of my hair, I would grow it out, it would thin and become limp, I would perm it and/or color it in an attempt to get thick, lustrous hair again, with some body…only to tire of having to curl and fix it every day, so I would cut it short.  As the years went by, and I had children and experimented with drugs and alcohol, my hair suffered the consequences. It got thinner and had less and less body.  Then again, my mother and grandmother both began with long thick hair and died with thin or barely existent hair. so, maybe it’s inherited-I’m not sure. I’ve tried thickening shampoos, medicated shampoos, essential oils and vitamins. Right now I’m on added Biotin, it seems to be helping somewhat.

My hair now-me with my brother

I do have to admit, while I like the look of long hair, having it short is sooooo much easier to take care of. There are days when I feel like washing it, adding some mousse and running out the door, but I just can’t do it. I feel naked if it isn’t fixed somewhat, like putting on a little make-up…I like to be at least presentable when leaving the house. 🙂 I have even considered wigs, scarves and hats, maybe it will come to that one day, but by then, hopefully I will be living by the beach and everyone knows you don’t care what your hair does there!