Food Sources of Vitamin B7
- Vitamin B7 is also known as biotin or vitamin H.
- It helps with carbon dioxide transfer making it essential for the metabolism of carbohydrates and fats.
- This vitamin helps to synthesize amino acids and fatty acids.
- It is necessary for proper cell growth and maintaining steady blood sugar levels.
- Plays an important role in the body’s immune system
- Deficiency of biotin causes cell stress.
- It is synthesized by bacteria in the intestine.
Foods that are a good source of vitamin B6 include:
- Royal jelly
- Brewers yeast
- Egg yolk
Signs of deficiency include nausea, dermatitis (inflammation of skin), alopecia (hair thinning and loss), seizures, rash around eyes and mouth, depression, lethargy, hallucinations, tingling and numbness of hands and legs.
Biotin deficiency has been observed in individuals consuming large amounts of raw egg whites. Raw egg white contains Avidin which binds to biotin inhibiting its absorption.