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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Biotin......what's the REAL DEAL?

OK, I know I'm late with this, but I'm going to start taking Biotin!! So many of my natural hair friends swear bu it, and even my Mom takes it, so I've decided to give it a try.  I have never had a problem growing long nails or hair, but I wouldn't mind a little help speeding things up! LOL

For those who have been living under a rock (like me), here is an article I have found on the benefits of Biotin:Many women and men desire strong healthy hair and some also want longer and thicker hair. One thing that can help grow long hair is vitamin supplements. A vitamin that I've found to increase hair growth is Biotin.
  It also prevents hair loss and speeds up nail growth.

Biotin is a part of the B-complex family of vitamins and also known as Vitamin H.

Here are some guidelines for using Biotin on your quest to grow long healthy hair:

Choose your brand. The brand of Biotin I use is Nature's Bounty and I've been pleased with it. Each tablet is small and easy to swallow. A one-tablet dosage is 300 mcg. Other vitamin brands that carry Biotin are Country Life, Nature's Way, NOW Foods, Puritan's Pride and Sundown.

Start with a low dosage. Some people need to take more Biotin than others. And some react differently than others. Start with a small amount and work up to a level that is good for you. Any excess Biotin that is not absorb by the body is passed out in the urine.

Take a multivitamin. Your body needs balanced nutrition so eat healthy foods and take a multivitamin. You can get a multivitamin that contains Biotin.

Be patient. Biotin is not a magic hair growth pill. It is a great vitamin supplement and it will need time to work through your system.

Chart your hair and nail growth progress. Chart your progress by measuring your hair length periodically. This way you can tell if your hair is growing at a faster rate. If you are looking for thickness run your fingers through your hair near your scalp to see if there is an increase in thickness. Also look for increased nail growth. The first thing I noticed taking Biotin was the increase in nail growth. My nails were noticeably, stronger, brighter and longer.

1 comment:

Empress said...

I'm always looking for new vitamins and supplements to add to my arsenal. I've been looking into Silica as well which has also been said to speed up the growth of hair and nails...

I wonder which would perform better.]