Q&A: Does Biotin REALLY Help Hair Grow?

woman with natural hairQ: How does taking biotin help hair grow? – K.J.




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A: Biotin is a naturally occurring B-vitamin (vitamin B7). Sometimes it’s called vitamin H or co-enzyme R. It is produced naturally in thebiotin for hair growth intestines and is also found in common foods such as leafy green vegetables, peanuts, Swiss chard, raw egg yolks and liver. A well balanced diet usually results in plenty of biotin for the average person to maintain their health.
Biotin deficiency is rare (although more common in pregnant women) and treatable with proper diet or a biotin supplement.

Biotin is important in creating cells, which is why it is a valuable tool in hair growth. When biotin is ingested, it reacts with cell enzymes and plays a key role in producing amino acids, which are building blocks of protein. Hair consists of keratin, which is a form of protein. Therefore, consuming foods and supplements that contain biotin helps to contribute to hair growth.


Biotin is a B-Complex vitamin that can be found in significant amounts in foods like nuts (especially peanuts and almonds), egg yolks, soybeans and fish. Whole-wheat bread, cheddar cheese, pork, avocado, raspberries and cauliflower contain vitamins A and B6 which are also beneficial to hair growth.


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