Are You Deficient in Vitamin B7?

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You’ve probably heard about the benefits (and necessity) of B12, B6 and and possibly B3 vitamins. Vitamin B7 (also called biotin) is a lesser known B vitamin, but it’s just as essential for the normal and healthy functioning of our body. 

 

Biotin/B7 is important for many vital processes in the body, including:

  • assisting the production of glucose for energy,

  • fatty acid synthesis (needed for energy),

  • amino acid synthesis (needed to grow and function properly),

  • liver function,

  • healthy pregnancy,

  • lowering cholesterol,

  • protecting nerves,

  • stroke recovery,

  • removal of ammonia (very toxic substance in high amounts),

  • gout,

  • and can even be helpful in diabetes. 

 

Biotin is naturally made in our intestine by our very own gut bacteria! So we should have an endless supply then, right?  

 

Sadly, due to the toxic load our bodies face on a daily basis, this is not the case!

 


 

 

Our gut bacteria (or microbes) don’t stand a chance against the antibiotics, chemicals, pesticides and preservatives that we’re bombarded with every day. And so most people don’t have a “healthy gut” flora and therefore cannot produce the biotin needed. Leading to a long list of problems down the line in various areas including the gut, immune system, skin, heart and brain...to name a few. 

 

Symptoms of a Vitamin B7/Biotin Deficiency


 

If you’re experiencing any of the following symptoms, you may be deficient in Vitamin B7 :

 

  • low energy

  • cardiovascular problems

  • depression

  • dry skin

  • brittle hair and hair loss and dandruff

  • brittle nails

  • conjunctivitis

  • skin rashes around the face

  • numbness in extremities

  • gut issues - minor and more severe - including Crohn’s disease, IBS and diverticulitis

 

Your practitioner will be testing for any deficiencies and nutritional needs at each of your appointments but if you’d like us to test specifically for B7/biotin at your next visit feel free to discuss this with us.



If you’d like to make an appointment to see one of our practitioners you can call us on 07 544 1133 :)



References:    

 

The Nutrition Code. Dr Suzanne Labrie. (2016). Pure Health solutions. 

(This is a great book if you’re interested in reading more about the vitamins and minerals the body needs for optimal function!).