BIOTIN (Vitamin B7)
What is Biotin?
Biotin (Vitamin B7) is a member of the B-complex vitamin family, which comprises of 8 essential vitamins and is often referred to as the ‘Vitamin of beauty’. It is a water soluble vitamin which plays a crucial role in a number of bodily functions :-
- Healthier red blood cell production with benefits for the heart and immune system.
- Beneficial for growth and maintenance of muscle tissues and alleviating muscle and joint inflammation, aches and pains.
- Influences the production of amino acids, the building blocks of proteins, impacting collagen synthesis which is required for the health and strength of skin, hair and nails Hair itself consists of keratin, which is a form of protein. Biotin is essential in improving your body’s keratin infrastructure leading to increased elasticity and minimal breakage of hair.
- Required to covert the glucose from carbohydrates into energy for the body.
- Helps the body regulate blood glucose levels.
- Aids in weight loss and stimulating metabolism of fats, proteins and carbohydrates.
- Prevents age related cognitive decline by assisting with neurotransmitter activity and helping with nerve signals.
- Maintains healthy mental health, memory and alleviates mild depression.
Where is it found?
Food sources with most significant amount of biotin include :
- Meat e.g red meat, pork & turkey
- Organ meats, such as liver or kidney
- Egg yolk
- Nuts e.g. almonds, peanuts, walnuts, hazelnuts
- Soybeans and other legumes
- Whole wheat bread
- Dairy products e.g milk, yoghurt, cheese
- Fruit e.g. bananas, avocado, berries
- Vegetables e.g. cauliflower, cabbage, cucumber, mushrooms
- Sunflower seeds
What is the benefit of having a Biotin shot?
Biotin can provide a multitude of health advantages, which in turn promotes a positive impact on vitality and wellbeing.
How often do you need a Biotin shot?
Following a comprehensive consultation with the Practitioner, the injection regime will be tailored according to the individual’s clinical needs and lifestyle..
Where is Biotin injected?
Biotin is a single injection that will be administered into the upper part of the arm (deltoid muscle).
Do you need a blood test before having this shot?
No, a blood test is not required before having this Biotin shot. As Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, the body will simply excrete any excess amount out in the urine.
*However Biotin can affect Thyroid tests so please inform your GP prior to having any blood tests.
Who is this shot unsuitable for?
- Under 18 years of age
- During pregnancy and whilst breastfeeding
- Patients with a known sensitivity to Biotin
- Patients due for a blood test as Biotin can affect Thyroid and Hormone readings