Biotin, a water soluble B vitamin found in foods such as oatmeal and soy, assists in energy metabolism in cells.* Biotin is essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. In addition, biotin helps to support healthy skin, hair and nails.
Biotin is involved in the metabolism of both sugar and fat. In sugar metabolism, biotin helps move sugar from the initial processing stages to conversion into usable chemical energy. For this reason, muscle cramps and pains related to physical exertion could be the result of the body’s inability to use sugar efficiently as fuel, which may signal a biotin deficiency.
Many of the classic symptoms of biotin deficiency are skin-related problems; the reason may be biotin’s role in fatty acid synthesis. Biotin is required for function of an enzyme in the body called acetyl Co-A carboxylase. This enzyme assembles the building blocks for the production of fat in the body. Fat production is critical for all cells in the body since the membranes of all cells must contain the correct fat components to function properly. Fat production is especially critical for skin cells as they die and are replaced very rapidly, and serve as a selective barrier to the outside environment. When cellular fat components cannot be made properly due to biotin deficiency, skin cells are among the first cells to develop problems.
Because glucose and fat are used for energy within the nervous system, biotin also functions as a supportive vitamin in this area. Numerous nerve-related symptoms have been linked to biotin deficiency. These symptoms include seizures, lack of muscle coordination (ataxia), and lack of good muscle tone (hypotonia).
What is the daily suggested use?
Take 1 capsule daily with a meal or as directed by your qualified healthcare professional.
What is the safe age for people to use this product?
While this product is designed for use by adults, it can be used by children at reduced dose according to body weight.
Is this product safe for consumption while pregnant or nursing?
This product may be used by pregnant or nursing women. According to the Institute of Medicine, recommended daily amounts of biotin for pregnant and nursing women may not be met through the average diet, so supplementation is recommended. MRM does recommend informing your doctor of any supplement you take or plan to take if you are pregnant or nursing.