Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Tips for Your Tips-Biotin, Pros vs. Cons

What is Biotin? 
Biotin is a vitamin that turns fats and carbs into energy. It is relatively cheap, and therefore very popular. 
Pros of Taking a Biotin Supplement:
  • Biotin can help speed up your hair growth, particularly if you  have a biotin deficiency. People who are biotin deficient will probably notice dramatic changes but everyone that takes biotin should see some improvement over time.
  • It is natural. In fact, it already occurs naturally in your body so even purists don’t have to worry about taking a biotin supplement.
  • It can help build bone strength. This is something of particular interest to women approaching menopausal age, or people who have problems with brittle bones!
  • It provides energy to your cells which helps to energize your body!
  • It doesn't require much effort, all you have to do is take a vitamin every day. 
  • There aren't any side effects when taken at normal doses. Although taking higher than normal doses (more than 5000 mcg biotin) isn't recommended, it is not likely to cause significant harm in healthy people and it’s not easy to overdose on.
  • It can also help your nails to grow longer and stronger. Moreover, it can help nourish brittle nails and prevent future breakage.
Cons of Taking Biotin:

  • Biotin can be so good at growing hair that you might find yourself with excess facial hair if you are already prone to having a little. This is not a reason to avoid it, but something to keep in mind. Waxing and bleaching can help keep this problem under control perfectly:) 
  • You may have to play around with dosages before you find a happy medium between taking an effective amount and not taking more than necessary. Always start with smaller doses and slowly increase the amount you take until you see the desired results, just don't go overboard!
  • Although some people claim that it can help with weight loss, this has not been proven. Studies are still underway to determine if there is an actual connection between biotin and weight loss, so don't get your hopes up.
  • It may take some time to see results. 
  • It’s not a miracle product. It can make a difference for people losing their hair but it won’t give a completely bald person long, flowing hair.
My oppinion: I've been taking Biotin for about a month now, and I can see a difference. My hair grows a lot already, but my nails take forever. Biotin has helped speed up the process. Biotin takes about a month to get into your system, but it could take longer than that (up to 6!!) so be patient, because you never know what might work for you! I'm not a doctor of health care provider, so before taking Biotin or any vitamin you should talk to your doctor about it, and then follow his advice!

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