Biotin: What it is, what it does & how it works...
Biotin is a B-vitamin that plays a key role in the production of skin, nails, and hair. The B-complex vitamins, like biotin, help the body convert carbohydrates, fats, and protein into energy. Biotin is used by the body to maintain the health of skin, the digestive tract, and the nervous system.
The science behind the supplement
Biotin (also called vitamin B7) is a water-soluble vitamin, which means it is not stored in the body. Biotin is a coenzyme that functions as carrier of carbon dioxide in gluconeogenesis, fatty acid synthesis, and amino acid metabolism. Biotin is necessary for both metabolism and cell growth in these vital biological processes. Symptoms of biotin deficiency include hair loss, scaly skin, rashes, intestinal tract issues, and depression, among others.
Scientific study on dogs
In a 1989 Swiss study1, biotin was given to 119 dogs with skin or coat issues (dull coat, brittle hair, loss of hair, scaly skin, pruritus or dermatitis). The study found improvement in 91% of the dogs, and in 60% of the dogs, the issue was totally resolved.
1. Schweiz Arch Tierheilkd. 1989;131(10):621-5. Clinical study on the effect of biotin on skin conditions in dogs. Frigg M, Schulze J, Völker L. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/2602924
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