Okay . . . so we've all heard about "Biotin" before . . .
Well . . . vitamin B7, also known as "biotin", is a water-soluble vitamin that is a vital part of a healthy metabolism and creating important enzymes. And is often used to strengthen hair and nails.
But . . . vitamin B7 also benefits the skin, nerves, digestive tract, metabolism and cells.
You see . . . vitamin B7 is used by the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats, proteins and amino acid. It's also vital for the normal growth of fetuses. And aids cell growth and the maintenance of mucous membranes.
Vitamin B7 has anti-inflammatory effects and a deficiency causes inflammatory responses via enhanced secretion of "proinflammatory" cytokines. And again . . . as we've spoken in many other Health tips . . . our "proinflammatory" cytokines allow this "virus" to replicate in the human body.
And if you were deficient . . . you could have these symptoms . . .
A fine scaly seborrheic dermatitis and/or a red rash, usually on the face, brittle hair or hair loss, conjunctivitis, poor coordination of body movement, lethargy, loss of appetite and nausea, mild depression and hallucinations
Now . . . vitamin B7 cannot be synthesized by human cells . . . but it is produced by bacteria in the body . . . and this is just another reason we need to have ample "good" bacteria in our intestines.
Okay . . . so B7 can be found in small amounts in walnuts, peanuts, cereals, milk egg yolks, salmon, pork, sardines, mushrooms, cauliflower, avocados, bananas and raspberries.
So simply said . . . this is yet another very important vitamin to optimal health and weight.
ANNOUNCEMENT: I won't have a Health Awareness Tip tomorrow, Sunday the 31st due to leaving too early in the morning to go out of town for the day . . . however . . . I will be back Monday morning Feb. 1st with the continuation of our series about B vitamins with the vitamin B8.
So if you've missed one of my Health tips, new to our group or need a refresher . . . tomorrow may be a good day to go back in my archives and reread some information because in a few days we start our series on "weight loss" and as we have found . . . our B vitamins are very important to that process.
Stay safe and see you Monday.