by Dr. Jonny Bowden
Biotin, commonly referred to as Vitamin H or Vitamin B-7, is a complex B vitamin that assists the body in converting food to fuel by helping to break down protein and fat. Apart from its crucial role in energy consumption, biotin is vital for healthy hair, skin, and nails, as well as the nervous system and liver. Biotin is a key nutrient for a healthy pregnancy and is found in many prenatal vitamins to support embryonic growth. It plays an important role in blood sugar regulation, maintaining healthy LDL cholesterol, and adrenal function. Biotin may also be effective in repairing scarring and damage caused by acne.
While naturally occurring within the body, biotin is water-soluble, meaning the body is unable to store it. Bacteria found in the intestine produces biotin, but there is little evidence of how much of that biotin can absorbed. There is some evidence that a long-term use of antibiotics or eating raw egg whites can cause a biotin deficiency. While rare, it can present itself in the form of dry skin, brittle hair and nails, hair loss, issues within the nervous system, fatigue, and digestion problems.
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During the summer we find ourselves focusing more and more on hair. As we count the strands we pick of our pillowcases, we lose count by the time we clean our brushes. With the discovery of the Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner System from PURA D’OR our hair loss is noticeably diminishing. PURA D’OR is an organic hair care treatment brand which uses a unique blend of twelve DHT Blockers, including Biotin and Niacin, plus a rich formula of Argan Oil, B-Complex, and antioxidants, to strengthen hair while stimulating the scalp. An excellent choice for combatting damaged and thinning hair, Hair Loss Prevention Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner is clinically proven to prevent hair loss due to breakage.
According to the American Hair Loss Association, by the age of 35, two thirds of American men will experience some degree of hair loss; at 50, approximately 85% will have significant thinning hair. August is National Hair Loss Awareness Month and more than 95% of hair loss in men results from androgenetic alopecia, or male pattern baldness. Other causes include stress, which is often responsible for conditions including telogen effluvium, which pushes hair follicles into a resting phase, causing hair to thin and fall out, crash dieting, and nutritional deficiencies. Thanks to advances in technology and medicine, there more and more treatments designed to combat hair loss now than ever. Some are quite effective and others are simply hype. According to surgeon and hair restoration expert, Dr. William Yates, “many people waste time and money hoping for solutions that really will not help their thinning hair,” cautioning, “most things that are in stores or advertised to restore hair loss are a waste of time and money.”
Technology and Medicine: Dr. Yates tells those facing serious hair loss to “seek the expertise of a seasoned hair restoration surgeon for advice both surgically and non-surgically. Surgically, hair transplantation is effective and provides natural and permanent outcomes.” Non-surgically, however, Dr. Yates believes that FDA-approved Low Level Light Laser Therapy, prescription medicines, Minoxidil and Propecia, and Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) treatments, which uses the patient’s own platelets and growth factors to regenerate the weakened hair follicle, and are all highly effective treatments.
Shampoos and OTC Topicals: Dr. Yates considers all shampoos and over-the-counter topicals “basically all the same.” He finds that the best ones to use are those which are mild; sulfate free shampoos do not harm color. The best conditioner? “One which imparts fullness, but leaves the hair smooth and easy to style,” he suggests
Diet: “As long as one eats properly and is not involved in crash diets or low protein diets, a good, balanced diet should be sufficient,” Dr. Yates shares, “You don’t need to supplement drastically or at all.”
Supplements: “I am not a big fan of all of the different supplements and vitamins that are available for hair loss because most do not have any scientific basis for efficacy,” the good doctor explains. However, Dr. Yates has seen some value in taking Palmetto, Nettle Extract, and vitamin supplements with Biotin.