Wed 21 Nov 2007
Biotin as a Hair Loss Treatment
There are a number of herbal supplements out there that claim to work as a hair loss treatment. Whereas there is no question that marketing is over-reaching at best in order to sell a product, the real question for any hair loss sufferer is: will this product help combat hair loss or is there any chance that it will regrow hair? To date however, it is important to understand that there is no hair loss cure, therefore realistic expectations must be developed and maintained when considering any hair restoration product.
Below I decided to take a look at an herbal supplement that is said to combat hair loss. This product is an “active” ingredient in some of the marketed hair loss remedies including Provillus and is also sold as a stand alone product in nutritional stores.
Biotin is a nutritional supplement that has been around for years and is taken orally. The concept of biotin was discovered in the fur industry. Minks and chinchilla’s were raised for their pelts in making mink coats. Apparently when these animals were fed raw eggs, a protein called avidin inhibited biotin in the vitamin pathway and the animals started to shed creating sparse pelts. When raw eggs were omitted from their diet, the animals recovered. In other words, this ingredient may be beneficial for those people who have an extreme bioton deficiency from eating a heavy supply of raw eggs – but there have not been any clinical studies on human beings for biotin as a hair loss treatment.