Biotin (formerly vitamin H) supports the central functions of metabolism and is needed, if alimentative energy is transformed into energy for the body. Biotin controls the lipid metabolism, is found in the cells of the skin and the hair and, therefore, also influences the fat content of the skin. Biotin also cares for the supply of sulphur in the finger nails.
If the supply of biotin is missing, for example due to poor nutrition, abuse of alcohol, nicotine or pills, the body reacts with skin inflammations, hair loss, disturbances when walking, sickness, depression and even panic attacks. People who often eat raw chicken eggs lose their biotin abruptly because the “Avidine” contained within the egg white binds the biotin.
Legumes, soy beans and all kinds of vegetables, especially cauliflower, as well as mushrooms, peanuts and walnuts are considered rich in biotin, as are the innards of animal products.
Source: Dr. Volker Schmiedel, “Fit und gesund mit Vitalstoffen“ (Fit and Healthy with Essential Nutritional Substances), by Gräfe und Unzer, Munich