Can taking Biotine help your lashes grow?

The inspiration for this blog post came from seeing a client who had a lot of new lash growth. We’ve probably all wondered at some point about what we could do to help our lashes, hair, or nails grow longer and stronger. When I asked my client if she was taking anything in particular or had made any changes, she mentioned she had started taking biotin. This is probably something you’ve heard about before. Now…before I continue, please note that I am not a healthcare professional and that the information I will share has been found through my readings online.

What is Biotin, exactly?

Biotin is a vitamin that belongs to the B group of vitamins (ex B-12, B-6 etc). Generally speaking, the B group of vitamins plays an important role in ensuring that your body’s cells are functioning properly. The B group of vitamins helps the body convert food into energy, and helps it create new blood cells which in turn help maintain healthy skin cells, brain cells and other body tissue.

Where can you find it other than in vitamin supplements? Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin, which means that it is carried to the tissues but not actually stored in your body. As such, you should try to get them regularly through your diet.

If you’re trying to increase your biotin intake without taking supplements, it is recommended that you eat more of the following foods:

  • Organ meats
  • Eggs
  • Salmon
  • Pork
  • Beef
  • Cheeses (blue, camembert, cheddar)
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Nuts and legumes (almonds, walnuts, pecans, soy beans, green beens..)
  • Cauliflower
  • Mushroom

Will taking Biotin actually help ?

While Biotin deficiency is stated to be rare, signs of deficiency include skin rashes, hair loss and brittle nails. This is why Biotin is promoted as the supplement to take for hair, skin and nail care. That being said, according to the US National Institute of Health these claims are only supported by limited reports and small studies.

My personal belief if that you should always strive to have a balanced diet and variety in the foods that you eat. Try to get a good amount of sleep, drink water, exercise, and all that good stuff. I wasn’t able to find information about negative effects of taking too much biotin…so I think it’s worth a shot for a few weeks to see if you notice anything different. It seemed to have made a difference for my client! If you’re looking to take actual supplements, it would be a good idea for you to do your own research and speak to a medical professional first.

If you’re currently taking biotin or have taken it before & noticed a difference, I would love to hear about your experience!

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