Biotin, one of the more recently discovered vitamins (also known as Vitamin H or B7), is a water soluble B-complex vitamin that assists in the metabolism of dietary carbohydrates, fats and proteins. It also helps to maintain healthy hair, skin and nails, but the benefits don’t stop with shiny hair, strong nails and clear skin, Biotin also improves the body’s use of insulin to help maintain normal blood glucose levels.
A number of studies have shown that Biotin can help people with diabetes as Maureen Williams, ND states on her website:
In addition to eating a healthy diet and getting regular exercise, people with diabetes can sometimes limit their need for medications by taking certain nutritional supplements. A new study found that supplementing with chromium and biotin together improved blood sugar control in people with diabetes and obesity.
The study, published in Diabetes Metabolism Research Reviews, included 348 overweight or obese people with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes…
At the end of the study, people using chromium plus biotin had a 6% drop in fasting blood sugar levels…
Obesity and type 2 diabetes, diseases that often go hand in hand, are both related to a condition known as insulin resistance. People with insulin resistance progressively lose their ability to respond normally to insulin. Obese people tend to be more insulin resistant then people with normal weight, making their diabetes especially difficult to treat.
Chromium is widely used by people with diabetes to improve their insulin sensitivity and better manage their blood sugar, and a number of studies support this use. Biotin, part of the B complex of vitamins, plays an important role in blood sugar metabolism, and preliminary studies have suggested that biotin might enhance chromium’s effectiveness.
“Our findings show that chromium plus biotin can improve blood glucose control and reduce HbA1c in patients with type 2 diabetes, especially in those who have the poorest control,” commented study co-author Ira D. Goldfine, MD, of the University of California, San Francisco. “These effects could result in significant reductions in diabetes-related complications”
A number of foods contain biotin, but none of them contain very high amounts. The following foods contain higher amounts of Biotin than other foods:
Biotin Supplements are available at Kelowna’s
Orchard Remedy’s Rx Pharmacy. Jamieson Natural Sources has a 250 mcg Biotin supplement as well as a high potency 1,000 mcg. Both can be found in this month’s Orchard Remedy’s Rx Flyer! Not sure what strength is right for you? Come in and speak to your Orchard Remedy’s Rx pharmacist in Kelowna’s Orchard Plaza ~ we’re happy to help!
Jamieson Vitamins: http://www.jamiesonvitamins.com/search?q=biotin
HQ Hair: http://www.hqhair.org/biotin/
Medical News Today: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/219718.php