Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is found in foods such as cucumber, oats, cabbage, eggs, berries, and milk. Although biotin helps support the health of the skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism, and cells, maintaining a diet that is high in biotin or taking biotin supplements can actually do more harm than good.
What are biotin side effects?
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Wait, Biotin Has Side Effects?
Because getting too much biotin can increase your risk of certain health conditions, it is recommended that children get no more than 5-12 units of biotin a day and adults get no more than 20-30 units.
Common Biotin Side Effects
- Allergies. People who are allergic to vitamin B12 are commonly allergic to biotin, as well. An allergic reaction to biotin will often include nausea, a rash, or swelling of the throat and face.
- Acne. Some people have found that too much biotin can cause acne on the chin and jawline.
- Miscarriage. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, high levels of biotin can increase your chances of miscarrying.
- Negative interactions. Some medications (like anti-seizure and cholesterol medications) can become less effective while taking biotin. If you are taking any medications, it is recommended that you speak with a healthcare provider before taking biotin supplements.
Although it is rare to be deficient in biotin, it is not impossible. Common symptoms of biotin deficiency include the following:
- Hair loss
- Dry or scaly skin
- Insomnia or depression
- Loss of appetite
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