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by Mary Wolff
We all want beautiful, healthy hair. If there were a pill that promised to give you healthy, strong hair, pretty nails, and promoted hair growth, would you take it? Of course, you would! This is the premise of biotin supplements. They claim to offer all of these benefits and many curlies are jumping on board with it. However, there are a few things we should keep in mind about biotin supplements before you try it.
What Is It?
A daily vitamin, biotin supplements are a pill form of complex B vitamins. It is available in many different dosages on the market, but it should be noted that none are approved by the FDA. It is reported to help hair growth and hair health by helping your body metabolize energy while transporting carbon dioxide from cells.
Does it work?
There is no concrete evidence that biotin supplements work. While some have reported a notable difference in the overall health of their hair and nails, others have seen no difference at all. The key here is that biotin pills are suggested to only offer benefits to those people previously suffering from a biotin deficiency. The body naturally makes and absorbs biotin. If a person has a deficiency in this area, the supplements may help improve this aspect. For those with no biotin deficiency, there will most likely be no noticeable change, and your body will simply process it and get rid of it like it does any food or nutrient in excess. It should be noted that very few people actually have a biotin deficiency and the brittle nails and unhealthy hair are a sign of an underlying health condition, unhealthy lifestyle or care, or an insufficient diet.
What are the side effects?
Before you decide to test this out for yourself and just hope for the best, you should know there are a few side effects associated with biotin supplements. If you do not have a biotin deficiency and you take too much, you could end up with undetectable side effects such as high blood sugar, slower release of insulin, and decreased vitamin C and vitamin B6 levels. You could also end up with a rash which may be the only physical sign that biotin is a problem. In this article, some NaturallyCurly editors noticed an increase in breakouts and pimples. For this reason, it's incredibly important to consult your doctor before taking a new supplement to make sure it will actually benefit you instead of causing harm.