High Dose Biotin
The Complete Guide (Updated for 2019)
Biotin has been around for years. But all of a sudden there’s been a jump in interest in high dose biotin. Commonly used with hair & nails, now scientists are finding it has other benefits, especially when combined with things like NAD+.
With so much information floating around, how do you digest all the science and make the right decision?
This complete guide will help you find out everything you need to know including:
We suggest consulting with your healthcare physician as the supplements and/or products discussed are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. The information provided is not intended to substitute for consultations with your healthcare provider, nor should it be considered medical advice specific to your health condition.
What Is Biotin?
Biotin (also known as Vitamin B-7) is a water-soluble vitamin—meaning the body cannot store it—which is crucial in helping your body convert food to energy.
Most people think of the health of their skin, hair and nails when they think of biotin, however this vitamin powerhouse offers many more health benefits as well. Biotin is found naturally in egg yolks, cheese, soybeans, peanuts, leafy greens, yeast, organ meats, nuts and nut butters, mushrooms and cauliflower. Additionally, the bacteria in the gut also produces a certain amount of biotin.
How Does Biotin Support the Body?
There are several enzymes in the body—enzymes involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates, amino acids, fat and protein—which require biotin to function properly.
Since protein is necessary for the body to repair and maintain cells, you can see how important healthy levels of biotin are.
Biotin has been found to benefit those with brittle nails and is associated with healthier, stronger hair, as well as increased hair growth.
Those with Type 2 diabetes, which is characterized by impaired insulin function and high blood sugar, may also benefit from biotin supplements, as some research has shown biotin concentrations in the blood to be lower in those with Type 2 diabetes.
According to NIH, biotin is particularly important for pregnant women and nursing moms, as about a third of all pregnant and lactating women will develop a biotin deficiency despite normal biotin intake.
Others at risk for biotin deficiency include alcoholics (alcohol inhibits the absorption of biotin), and individuals with a biotinidase deficiency. Biotinidase deficiency is a rare disorder which prevents the body from releasing biotin—all newborns in the U.S. are screened for this disorder.
Those taking anti-seizure medications or antibiotics over a long period of time may have low levels of biotin, and individuals with Crohn’s disease—which make it difficult for the gut to absorb nutrients—could also benefit from biotin supplementation.
Although the above groups are at the highest risk of developing a biotin deficiency, new research is discovering significant health benefits to others as well, in particular, those who suffer from neurodegenerative diseases.
3000 mcg = 3mg
5000 mcg = 5mg
And so on.
The amount of biotin the body needs on a daily basis generally corresponds to age, although those who need to support their nerve health may benefit from much higher doses of biotin.
While a baby, infant or toddler’s daily biotin needs range from 5 mcg to 8 mcg, children between the ages of 4 and 13 need between 12 and 20 mcg of biotin per day, teens need about 25 mcg of biotin per day, adults and pregnant women need about 30 mcg of biotin per day, and breastfeeding women need as much as 35 mcg of biotin each day.
High Dose Biotin Used to Support Nerve Health
When biotin is taken in high doses, it has been found to support nerve health. In some neurodegenerative diseases, patients may lose the ability to support their myelin with a normal diet. Since D-Biotin is a naturally occurring form of the B vitamin, it can assist and support in the production of the myelin sheath through a production of fatty acid synthesis.
When myelin, a substance which protects our nerve cells, is damaged, biotin can support key enzymes, prompting the body to produce more myelin. Communication between nerve cells is much easier when there are healthy levels of myelin in the body, and this communication is crucial in supporting nerve health.
NAD+ has been called the “fountain of youth,” by some, and was first discovered more than 110 years ago by scientists who were researching fermentation.
NAD+ was originally known as cozymase, however is now known as a coenzyme which plays significant roles in the body. NAD+ works with different sets of proteins to preserve health, especially when the body is under extreme levels of internal or external stress. NAD+ is also a sort of “courier,” which transmits important information between molecules in the body, allowing them to properly react with each other.
Since the original discovery of NAD+, many important breakthroughs have emerged, particularly in response to the fact that NAD+ levels steadily decline as we age.
With a better understanding of how NAD+ is produced in the body, scientists now believe that increasing levels of NAD+ could potentially help increase and maintain long-term health.
Dr. Ross Grant, Ph.D./CEO, Australasian Research Institute believes that combining high doses of pharmaceutical grade biotin with NAD+ could target diminishing myelin levels in the body. In other words, NAD+ working synergistically with high dose biotin may actually repair the myelin sheath and improve mitochondrial energy production.
Launched in 2018, Avior Nutritionals successfully combines high dose biotin and NAD+ into one formula, known as Myetin®.
In a 180-day pilot study, among those taking Myetin®, 48 percent noted a reduction in pain, while 15 percent noted a significant increase in energy levels.
When free radical levels (oxidative stress) are high, NAD+ levels decrease. This oxidative stress can actually damage DNA and lower energy production.
When high dose biotin and NAD+ are combined, the two work synergistically with one another.
In other words, NAD+ provides the energy, while D-Biotin delivers key nutrients to the body, and it is this unique combination which makes Myetin® work.
Myetin® is the first formula of its kind to combine these two powerhouses. Each Myetin® chewable tablet contains 150 mg of D-Biotin and 25 mg of NAD+ for optimal cell function.
Avior Nutritionals believes that with the proper help, the body can heal itself. We also believe in cellular level nutrition, and that it takes time to rebuild deficiencies in the body. Addressing the underlying symptoms, rather than masking the problem is our goal.
If you want a supplement which has pharmaceutical grade active ingredients, is manufactured in FDA-inspected facilities, follows CGMP standards which has been rigorously tested, it is time for you to consider our NAD+ and Biotin combination, Myetin®, as well as our other high-quality products.
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