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Biotin for hair loss

Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, September 30, 2006 2:41 PM (Eastern)

Disclaimer: this is not a medical site; this is a beauty site. If you choose to take vitamin supplements, you are advised to consult a doctor beforehand and do some research.

I read about this on various beauty boards and decided to give it a try.

As usual, there is very little objective information on the Net about vitamin supplements. The FDA doesn't regulate them (although the United Nations is starting to). I found this one page on the BBC site: Vitamins ...that at least gives some guideline as to how much to take.

Since the maximum amount of biotin here is 2500 mcg and the "typical therapeutic daily dose" is 500 mcg to 1,500 mcg, I started out with 1000 mcg. (It doesn't matter which brand of biotin you take btw.) That didn't seem to do much so I bumped it up to 2000 mcg. I was being impatient; 1000 mcg might work just fine. But I'll have to say this much--it does work.

By this I mean, I've been taking the supplement every day for about three weeks. My hair falls out less--it's noticeable. It takes about a week to kick in.

I doubt this would work for "male pattern baldness" or at least it wouldn't prevent it. In short it's not a "miracle treatment." The greater question would be what is missing in our modern diet that would necessitate taking a supplement in the first place. But I've been suffering from adult acne for so long (and have seen such dramatic improvement over taking a simple daily multi-vitamin) that I have to believe that our diet and its nutritional content have changed to that point.

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