How Much Biotin Should You Take to Treat Hair Loss?
Just because you are experiencing hair loss doesn’t mean you should jump straight into scheduling a hair transplant. There are a handful of effective non-surgical hair growth treatments available that can help stop and reverse hair loss. Biotin is one of them. But how much biotin should you take to properly treat your hair? Read on to find out.
What is Biotin?
Biotin is also known as Vitamin B7, Vitamin H, or Coenzyme R. It helps with normalizing blood sugar levels, but it also strengthens a person’s hair and nails. Some people have a biotin deficiency for a variety of reasons, including pregnancy, smoking, taking medications to treat epilepsy, consuming excessive raw egg whites, intense physical activity, metabolic disorders, and gastrointestinal difficulties. While the symptoms of biotin deficiency include tiredness, confusion, numbness in fingers and toes, rashes, and depression, the most commonly recognized sign is hair loss.
How Does Biotin Treat Hair Loss?
Biotin is an essential nutrient for healthy hair. Without it, hair suffers in appearance, texture, and strength. Biotin is a co-enzyme necessary for the synthesis of fatty acids, amino acids and in gluconeogenesis. Amino acids make up protein, which is used to produce keratin, and hair shafts are composed primarily of keratin. Without biotin, hair follicles are weak and lose the ability to regrow new hair.
How Much Biotin Should You Take?
Two factors should be considered when determining an appropriate dosage of biotin for the purpose of restoring hair loss:
- Your age
- Your current health condition
There is no set standard for the dosage of biotin vitamins because results vary based on the individuals taking the vitamins. However, the Institute of Medicine suggests these limits:
- 30 mcg (micrograms) for adults over 18 years of age
- 25 mcg for young adults ages 14 to 18
- 20 mcg for children ages 9 to 13
- 12 mcg for children ages 4 to 8
- 8 mcg for children ages 1 to 3
- 7 mcg for children under 12 months old
- 35 mcg for pregnant women
To make matters more confusing, most hair & nail supplements have dosages of 2,500 mcg or more. Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin so toxicity is highly unlikely. In order to find a safe and effective dosage to treat your hair loss, you should speak with a hair restoration expert, like Dr. Krejci. Dr. Krejci can put you on a path to a thicker head of hair by recommending the correct dosage of biotin and closely monitoring the effects of your treatment.
How Should You Take Biotin?
Ingesting biotin orally has the most effective impact and shows the fastest results when it comes to hair growth. You can also combine biotin with other B vitamins, greatly strengthening hair health, along with overall health. While many people choose to take biotin pills, others are able to alter their diet to ensure they ingest enough biotin with foods such as: bananas, whole grains, cauliflower, mushrooms, and soybeans. The foods with the highest biotin levels are: peanuts, cooked eggs, raw egg yolks, liver, Swiss chard, and certain vegetables.
Does It Actually Work?
Research is not conclusive regarding biotin as a supplement aiding in hair loss. The Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology states that biotin can in fact increase hair growth to its normal rate if patients consume low biotin doses.
However, the National Institutes of Health say that the evidence that biotin affects hair loss is not strong enough. In addition, the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database states there is not enough evidence to support the claim that biotin can decrease hair loss.
That being said, other research has shown that biotin is an effective solution for hair loss. This article published by the Cambridge University Press notes that biotin is very important to hair growth. A biotin deficiency may result in your body incorrectly metabolizing fatty acids, which also may lead to thinning hair. The U.S. Library of Medicine suggests that biotin is likely effective for preventing and treating biotin deficiency, which can cause your hair to thin.
While health experts may not agree on the uses of biotin, thousands of people have testified that biotin decreased or ended their hair loss. The “User Reviews and Ratings” section for biotin on WebMD shows numerous cases where people found success in using biotin to strengthen and regrow hair. We also offer it to patients as an effective hair growth treatment. When used properly, biotin plays an important role in your treatment plan.
If you are experiencing hair loss, contact the Limmer Hair Transplant Center to discuss biotin as a possible supplement to your wellness plan. We can provide you with the most effective dose of biotin for your specific hair. We will also closely monitor your scalp to make sure the treatment is working efficiently.