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Biotin is involved in the metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
Biotin promotes strong nails, healthy hair and may help seborrheic
dermatitis. One clinical study showed that 2.5 mg of biotin per day
strengthened the fingernails of two-thirds of persons with brittle
Although it seems to help with cradle cap in infants, the whole B
complex is of more value in adult seborrheic dermatitis than biotin
alone. Biotin is reputed to help baldness.
Biotin is also produced by intestinal bacteria, so a biotin deficiency
is rare. However, persons using antibiotics long-term or who eat large
amounts of raw egg whites can develop a deficiency, because the protein
in raw egg whites inhibits biotin absorption.