The Benefits and Side Effects of Biotin for Hair Growth
Biotin or vitamin B8, also known as vitamin H or B7, plays an essential role in the energy production from nutrients, as well as in the synthesis of fatty acids and amino acids.
Decision of the European health authorities
In 2012, the European health authorities (EFSA, European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission) have spoken out on certain health claims on foods and supplements containing vitamin B8 (biotin). After a review of evidence, they felt that these products may claim to help:
the metabolism normal energy,
the normal functioning of the nervous system,
the hair maintenance, a normal skin and mucous membranes,
the metabolism normal food,
normal mental functions,
if and only if these products contain at least 7.5 micrograms of Vitamin B8 (biotin) per 100 g, 100 ml or per package if the product contains only one portion.
By cons, food and food supplements containing Vitamin B8 (biotin) may NOT qualify:
be essential for healthy