Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7 or Vitamin H, is a water soluble vitamin that’s part of the vitamin B complex. This complex helps your body convert food into energy and is a critical nutrient for producing fuel and cells for your body.
Biotin acts as a coenzyme in the body and plays an important role in cell growth and the metabolism of fats, amino acids and glucose. This means that when we eat foods that are sources of fats, proteins and carbohydrates, Vitamin B7 (Biotin) must be present in order to covert and use these nutrients for bodily energy which allows you to carry out physical activities and for proper psychological functions.
Biotin also involves itself in helping us keep a young, attractive appearance since it plays a major role in maintaining the health of our hair, nails and skin.
Biotin is commonly added to hair and skin beauty products, although it’s believed to not be absorbed very well through the skin and actually must be ingested to be fully beneficial e.g. through pills and other means of supplements.
Although, food-processing techniques like cooking can render biotinin effective, raw or less-processed versions of these foods contain more active biotin.