Vitamin B7 is a water-soluble vitamin needed to metabolise fats, carbohydrates and proteins in the body. What’s the lacklustre sign in your hair that you’re in need of it?
Playing an important role in energy renewal, vitamin B7 breaks down the fat, protein and carbohydrates in the food you eat.
It also helps to promote healthy hair, skin and nails.
Dr Sherry Ross, from Providence Saint John’s Health Center in California expanded: “Many systems benefit from biotin including the skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism and cells.
For non-vegetarians, good sources of vitamin B7 includes beef liver, salmon, milk, cheese and cooked eggs.
Take note that consuming raw egg whites will block the absorption of vitamin B7.
Raw eggs can be found in recipes for mayonnaise, Caesar dressing and eggnog.
Vegetarians are able to get vitamin B7 by eating sweet potatoes, spinach, broccoli, bananas and roasted almonds.
According to Harvard TH Chan, alcoholism can increase the risk of a vitamin B7 deficiency.
This is because alcohol blocks the absorption of vitamin B7 – as well as many other vitamins.
Additionally, alcohol abuse is linked with a poor dietary intake.
Vitamin B7 is available in supplement form in many health stores online.