There’s a lot of woo-ha over if Biotin, a supplement and if it will help beard growth at all. To be honest, I’m not sure who or what started this but it’s interesting the amount of people who actually will continue to back it.
There’s currently very sparse research done on biotin that supports the question of does it help hair growth and honestly just a lot of anecdotal claims. So what’s the answer, is it going to help or not?
The answer is: If you’re biotin deficient then it will, if you aren’t, it won’t make much of a difference.
What Is Biotin?
Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin that’s a part of the vitamin B family. It’s also known as vitamin H. Your body needs biotin to help convert certain nutrients into energy. It also plays an important role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.
What Does Research Say?
Though its use as a hair and nail growth supplement is prevalent, research demonstrating the efficacy of biotin is limited. In cases of acquired and inherited causes of biotin deficiency as well as pathologies, such as brittle nail syndrome or uncombable hair, biotin supplementation may be of benefit. However, we propose these cases are uncommon and that there is lack of sufficient evidence for supplementation in healthy individuals.https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28879195
It’s really not going to make much of a difference in hair growth unless you are biotin deficient and most of the time your body is rather efficent in getting enough biotin from your diet. If you really want to use it daily, it won’t hurt you. But it’s not something that should be on the top of your wish list, that’s forsure.
Biotin deficiency rarely occurs among healthy people because the daily requirement of biotin is low, many foods provide adequate amounts of it, intestinal bacteria synthesize small amounts of it, and the body effectively scavenges and recycles it from bodily waste.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biotin_deficiency