Does Biotin Actually Help Grow Hair? (and other great questions) June 05 2017, 0 Comments
We’ve had some great questions during the launch of our BariMelts Biotin product, most of them centered on hair loss after weight loss surgery and how Biotin might be able to help.
Check out our responses below:
Does Biotin actually help hair growth? What about nails?
Though long-term studies have failed to show a conclusive link between biotin supplementation and hair loss, many patients report that supplementing with Biotin has had a positive impact on their hair after weight loss surgery.
In short, Biotin works by helping you get more out of the protein you are consuming and, in particular, promotes the production of keratin, the protein found in hair, skin, and nails. For these reasons patients will often report that their hair feels fuller and thicker after several months of use and that their nails appear stronger.
Keep in mind that there could be many reasons for this and that usually the biggest cause of prolonged hair loss after weight loss surgery is due to not consuming adequate protein or due to nutritional deficiencies like Iron or Zinc.
How long after weight loss surgery is Biotin effective for hair loss?
There is no scientific evidence to support that beginning Biotin supplementation at a specific point in time either before or after weight loss surgery will be more advantageous than another.
What is most important is to keep your nutrition up for your entire life after weight loss surgery and to follow the nutritional guidance given to you before surgery. Adequate protein intake and nutrition from diet and supplementation are the keys to this. Biotin may provide an added boost, as many patients have reported, but it is most important to follow the dietary and nutrition advice of your healthcare professionals.
After weight loss surgery, hair loss can occur because more hair goes into the telogen (dormancy) phase than usual. This is typically because of the stress of surgery accompanied by rapid weight loss. When these follicles return to the anagen (growth) phase, hair has a chance to return to normal. Keeping on track with your nutrition and supplementation will put your body in a great position to support hair growth and quality when this cycle starts again.
When after weight loss surgery does hair loss begin?
For most patients hair loss generally becomes apparent within the first 1-2 months after surgery and seldom lasts more than 6 months, though many patients report that their hair did not fully return to its normal thickness.
The best way to get ahead of the curve and minimize the risk of hair loss is to keep up with your nutrition and supplementation. Protein, Zinc, and Iron are the most common deficiencies after weight loss surgery when it comes to hair health. As many patients report, Biotin may also support hair returning to normal, but it needs sufficient protein to work with and this is why diet plays such a crucial role.
Keep in mind that not all protein sources are equal – the body will assimilate different protein sources differently AND this will also vary greatly among individuals. For that reason, it is very important to listen to your body and pay attention to how it is responding to different foods. This holds true for everyone, whether you have just had surgery or whether you are 2+ years out.
How many milligram should be taken per day?
Because Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin and excesses will be secreted in the urine, the risk of developing biotin toxicity is very low. There have been studies performed of daily Biotin consumption of up to 5,000 mcg per day over a 1-2 year period with no side effects. Keep in mind that up to a certain point, more Biotin is not necessarily better.
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