Vitamin B7, also known as biotin, works together with the rest of the water soluble vitamins of the B complex family in order to support the proper function of metabolic reactions in the body. Its main sources in our diet are eggs, fish (sardines), nuts and vegetables, such as mushrooms.
Who is in greater risk for vitamin B7 deficiency?
• Pregnant women
• Individuals consuming large amounts of egg yolks
• Individuals receiving therapy with anticonvulsants
Water soluble vitamins are not stored in our body and any excess is excreted in the urine.
The role of vitamin B7:
• Carbohydrate, protein and fat metabolism
• Hair, skin and nail health
• Proper neurological function
Vitamin B7 deficiency may result in:
• Weakness and fatigue
• Neurological disorders
• Muscle spasms and cramps
• Poor skin and hair quality,
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