Dr.Abhay Kumar Pati, Author, Best Nutrition Inc USA,,,


Biotin is sometimes referred to as “vitamin H” or “coenzyme R.” It was first discovered as a factor that protected against the toxicity of raw egg whites.  It is destroyed when eggs are thoroughly cooked.

Biotin is required in the process of energy production in the cells of the body. It may help prevent premature graying and balding.

Deficiency symptoms

In adults, inadequate biotin consumption can lead to a scaly dermatitis and hair loss.  Deficiency is more commonly seen in infants in whom the scaly dermatitis is described as “cradle cap.”

Therapeutic uses

  • cradle cap
  • dermatitis and eczema
  • possible benefit in Candida albicans infections (Candidiasis)

Those Who may need to supplement

  • pregnant women
  • infants suffering from dermatitis and Leiner’s disease


The COMA report of 1991 suggested daily intake of biotin from 10 to 200 mcg. The range described is very wide because not enough is yet known about biotin to be more specific. Actual dietary intake of biotin has been found to be between 10 and 58 mcg daily.

Best food sources

Food Biotin (mcg/100g)
brewer’s yeast 80
pig’s kidney 32
yeast extract 27
pig’s liver 27
wheat bran 14
wheat germ 12
chicken 10
lamb 6
bread, whole-meal 6
fish, fatty 5



Having been reportedly given to young infants at doses of up to 40 mg without problems, biotin is regarded as a safe vitamin.


Biotin, as one of the B-complex vitamins, is best taken as part of the group of B vitamins, although single supplementation is safe as part of a nutritional therapeutic program.


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