Biotin Deficiency (vitamin H, vitamin B7) -
Biotin deficiency is very rare but does happen. Biotin is also known as vitamin B7, or vitamin H. It is found in foods such as milk, liver, egg yolk, and some vegetables. There are large concentrations of this vitamin in Royal jelly and Brewer's yeast. Biotin is used in cell growth, the production of fatty acids, metabolism of fats, and proteins. It plays a role in the Kreb cycle, which is the process in which energy is released from food.
Not only does Biotin help with chemical conversions it also help with the transfer of carbon dioxide and maintaining a steady blood sugar level.
Biotin deficiencies are very rare but it can happen. It is most common with pregnant and lactating women as well as athletes who consume raw eggs. Raw egg contain avidin which bind with biotin making it impossible to be absorbed by the body. Cooking eggs eliminates this risk.
Babies born with cradle cap often develop skin condition such as eczema and dermatitis in areas of the body other than the head. The scaly skin may be related to poor ability to use biotin and increasing biotin levels has been know to improve symptoms in these cases.
Symptoms of deficiency
- splitting dry brittle nails
- hair loss (alopecia)
- skin inflammation
- abnormal skin sensations
- muscle pains
- stunted growth
- loss of appetite