February 13, 2016


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What other names is Biotin known by?

Biotina, Biotine, Biotine-D, Coenzyme R, D-Biotin, Vitamin B7, Vitamin H, Vitamine B7, Vitamine H, W Factor, Cis-hexahydro-2-oxo-1H-thieno[3,4-d]-imidazole-4-valeric Acid.

What is Biotin?

Biotin is a vitamin.

Is Biotin effective?

Biotin can effectively treat and prevent biotin deficiency. But biotin deficiency is very rare and taking supplements is not usually necessary.

There is some scientific evidence that it might help for brittle finger and toenails.

There isn't enough information to know if biotin is effective for the other conditions people use it for, including: malnutrition, hair loss, diabetes, and others.

Likely Effective for...

  • Treating and preventing biotin deficiency.

Possibly Ineffective for...

  • Skin rash in infants.

Insufficient Evidence to Rate Effectiveness for...

  • Hair loss, diabetes, diabetic nerve pain, brittle fingernails and toenails, and others.

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database rates effectiveness based on scientific evidence according to the following scale: Effective, Likely Effective, Possibly Effective, Possibly Ineffective, Likely Ineffective, and Insufficient Evidence to Rate (detailed description of each of the ratings).

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