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    • wuzzypoo
    • By wuzzypoo 14th Mar 17, 10:17 PM
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    Biotin
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    • 14th Mar 17, 10:17 PM
    Biotin 14th Mar 17 at 10:17 PM
    Hi,

    Just to ask if anyone has used biotin and if so did you see any obvious results. My hair & nails are pants at the mo think it's due to having my thyroid removed and my body going haywire. I read a bit about biotin and bought some but then read that no proven results for most so MSE forums are my go to for advice and recommendations so hopefully some of you might have used and either got results or can let me know if I'm wasting my time.

    Thanks in advance. 😊
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    • imho
    • By imho 17th Mar 17, 2:07 PM
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    • 17th Mar 17, 2:07 PM
    Can you not ask advise from your GP or there is a lot of Thyroid forums on the internet maybe ask on one of those.

    https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=thyroid+forum+uk&rlz=1C9BKJA_enGB722GB722 &oq=thyroid+forum&aqs=chrome.1.69i57j0l3.8298j0j7& hl=en-GB&sourceid=chrome-mobile&ie=UTF-8

    I sympathise with you as I am on the Thyroid tablets and can't get on with them at all.
    • A.Penny.Saved
    • By A.Penny.Saved 20th Mar 17, 10:40 PM
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    I use biotin myself, 10mg twice daily and it helps my skin which tends to be dry. Since I started using biotin my skin has been a lot less dry. My hair grows fast anyway so I cannot tell any difference in that but it has been less dry than it was which makes sense as the skins sebum goes into the hair which would make it less dry.

    I am not on any treatment for my thyroid but have had less than stellar thyroid test results which my Doc did want to prescribe for but I refused. My skin has been affected for over 30 years with dryness and flakyness being the main problems. It did go extremely bad at one point when everything nosedived with my skin so tight that I could barely move my face because it felt like my skin would crack open it was so tight. Things have not been anywhere close to that since with just mild dry skin.
    • Beenie
    • By Beenie 21st Mar 17, 1:51 PM
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    • 21st Mar 17, 1:51 PM
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    • 21st Mar 17, 1:51 PM
    I use Biotin. I think it is having a good effect on my hair. My problem was hair loss after chemo, and then it came back thinner. It looks half decent now with taking biotin, and I will happily continue. Mine are £5.99 at Holland & Barrett, so not a bad price.
    • Pop Up Pirate
    • By Pop Up Pirate 21st Mar 17, 2:11 PM
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    • 21st Mar 17, 2:11 PM
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    Biotin (a B Vitamin) is better taken as a complete B Complex vitamin rather than on its own. The B vitamins support metabolism activity, brain functions, nerve signaling and many other important daily functions. They also work with one another, so taking B vitamins together is always the best way to ensure you’ll get the most results.

    Also worth remembering that not all supplements are the same. Try to find a B Complex that is in a natural form rather than synthetic, which are naturally absorbed and not just flushed away.

    Supplements from the high street contain ingredients such as Bulking Agents (Dicalcium Phosphate, Microcrystalline Cellulose), Anti-Caking Agents (Silicon Dioxide, Magnesium Stearate), which you do not want to be taking and the Biotin (as d-Biotin) is synthetic.

    Biotin on its own
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/FutureBiotics-Organic-Biotin-Vegetarian-Tablets/dp/B00F8K4QXO/ref=sr_1_6_s_it?s=drugstore&ie=UTF8&qid=1490105210 &sr=1-6&keywords=natural+organic+biotin
    • Beenie
    • By Beenie 22nd Mar 17, 1:12 PM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 1:12 PM
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    • 22nd Mar 17, 1:12 PM
    How do you know if your biotin is synthetic or natural? My bottle doesn't say.

    Do you mean that we should eat brewers yeast tablets for the vitB intake or take a vitB complex instead?
    • Pop Up Pirate
    • By Pop Up Pirate 23rd Mar 17, 8:15 AM
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    How do you know if your biotin is synthetic or natural? My bottle doesn't say.

    Do you mean that we should eat brewers yeast tablets for the vitB intake or take a vitB complex instead?
    Originally posted by Beenie
    Common Synthetic Vitamins to Avoid
    Vitamin A: Acetate and Palmitate
    Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine Mononitrate, Thiamine Hydrochloride
    Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin
    Pantothenic Acid: Calcium D-Pantothenate
    Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine): Pyridoxine Hydrochloride
    Vitamin B12: Cobalamin
    PABA (Para-aminobenzoic Acid): Aminobenzoic Acid
    Folic Acid: Pteroylglutamic Acid
    Choline: Choline Chloride, Choline Bitartrate
    Biotin: d-Biotin
    Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid): Ascorbic Acid
    Vitamin D: Irradiated Ergosteral, Calciferol
    Vitamin E: dl-alpha tocopherol, dl-alpha tocopherol acetate or succinate

    Brewers yeast and Nutritional yeast flakes are a good source of B Vits, and can be used on salads, as a condiment, in soups etc but they don't both contain B12 or Chromium.

    Or get a food based B Complex which contains all you need such as this one
    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Briofood-Complex-Vitamins-Tablets-Vegetable/dp/B017AEVDYU/ref=sr_1_1?s=drugstore&ie=UTF8&qid=1490256590&sr=1-1-spons&keywords=B+Complex+food+source&psc=1
    • smiley_77
    • By smiley_77 25th Mar 17, 9:13 AM
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    • 25th Mar 17, 9:13 AM
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    I have used biotin. I didn't see any difference in my hair. But I had a massive breakout so stopped using it.
    Do I really need it? Probably not.
    • wuzzypoo
    • By wuzzypoo 26th Mar 17, 11:00 PM
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    • 26th Mar 17, 11:00 PM
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    • 26th Mar 17, 11:00 PM
    Thank you all for your replies.

    I'll definitely look into the complete B vitamins and try get the natural ones not synthetic. Never even knew they did synthetic versions.

    My nails are doing ok, but I've had alopecia for years and no change there but haven't been taking them long and everything takes time. I've tried most things for my hair, some from sprecialists
    Which were pretty nasty stuff and could only stay on them a short time.

    thankx again for taking time to reply. It does help .
    • Pop Up Pirate
    • By Pop Up Pirate 27th Mar 17, 7:07 AM
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    Thank you all for your replies.

    I'll definitely look into the complete B vitamins and try get the natural ones not synthetic. Never even knew they did synthetic versions.

    My nails are doing ok, but I've had alopecia for years and no change there but haven't been taking them long and everything takes time. I've tried most things for my hair, some from sprecialists
    Which were pretty nasty stuff and could only stay on them a short time.

    thankx again for taking time to reply. It does help .
    Originally posted by wuzzypoo
    You could also try a zinc supplement as a deficiency in that can cause alopecia.
    Best form is Zinc Picolinate.
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