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Old March 22nd, 2007, 10:56 PM   #16
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I think that if you are taking biotin, you should also take a multi (and maybe a b-complex if you want) because vitamins work synergestically. you need all the b-vitamins, as well as other vitamins and minerals, for them to work properly. I think adding large amount of one vitamin isn't as beneficial as taking smaller amounts of everything.
Last month my hair hardly grew at all, then I started taking vitamins, and I immediately noticed the difference in growth. It's been only three weeks and I have gotten 0,6" of growth. But I agree that growth rate can probably be altered only so much, and in my case illnesses and medications affect my growth and I benefit greatly from vitamins. It is not common to see such a dramatic improvement (my hair starting growing noticeably literally overnight..) But my normal growth rate is slightly above average anyway.

If anyone is interested, my multi is Solgar VM-75 (and I take one each morning and night for now) and I think it's the best multi I've tried, and I also take shark cartilage, coenzyme Q10, silica and EFA's (plus some other stuff but I don't know that they have any effect on hair growth, they are just for my health). I am currently not taking biotin other than what is in my other vitamins. I haven't counted how much that is. But this seems to be working for me!!!!
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 06:52 AM   #17
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I started taking Biotin along with a multi-vit, evening primrose oil, and a skin-care formula about a week ago. No huge signs yet since it's early days but, thankfully, no breakouts! I did notice that I slept *really* well the first 2-3 days after starting my new supplements.
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 06:55 AM   #18
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I take Biotin and Paba
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 07:29 AM   #19
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I am runnin outta biotin and need to buy more!

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Old March 23rd, 2007, 07:57 AM   #20
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Biotin is also supposed to help with type 2 diabetes.... ODD fact.

I think my hair grows faster... I don't know.
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 08:02 AM   #21
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

My hair was thinning for about 3 years and I was getting quite bald along the temple area. I started taking Bcomplex vitamins at the encouragement of my hairdresser, within a couple of months, after 3 years of thinning, the thinning started slowing down, eventually it was next to nothing, just normal shedding. I continue taking a Bcomplex vitamin every every day and about 9 months ago I added Biotin to my vitamins. I don't know about the hair but it improved my nails, then I stopped the Biotin and my nails started breaking and splitting.
So for me, the Bvitamins are incredibly importand and the Biotin certainly helped my nails and not sure about the hair.
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 09:06 AM   #22
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I'm going to make myself start taking my vitamins again. I was doing so well, then stopped. the vitamins have a taste that makes me want to chuck! I'm taking the GNC whole food multi and the ultra nourish hair vitamin. The whole food one is green and smells like sweetened funky vegetables. Yuck!
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 09:59 AM   #23
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Okay, correction, the multi is called Maximum Greens Ultra Mega Green multi vitamin. In the bottle it smells like fish food, and swallowing it is like eating sickening sweet and yet twangy flowers. Up chuck. maybe I feel this way because one time I did get sick on my vitamins because I didn't eat something with them. heh, Must get over that. I do feel good knowing the kind of good stuff I put in my body. Are the B vitamins water soluble?
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 11:03 AM   #24
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I think I might try skipping for a few daysa to see if Biotin is what is the culprit behind my acne. I'd hate to stop using it because it has done wonders for my hair.
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Old March 23rd, 2007, 03:54 PM   #25
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

I figure that my vitamins are like chicken soup. They may not help, but they certainly can't hurt. I take:

A women's multi-vitamin, plus.....
B complex 50mg
Biotin 3,000 mcg
Vitamin C 1500 mg
Vitamin E 400 IU
Potassium 100 mg
Conenzyme Q-10 25 mg
MSM 2000 mg
Silica 500mg
Magnisum 50mg
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Old March 24th, 2007, 02:41 AM   #26
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Y'know, I said I hadn't noticed a difference in my hair since starting my new supplement regime but I washed it yesterday and it actually looks noticeably healthier!

I went 3 days before washing, which is a huge deal for me since I have chin-length hair prone to looking greasy if not washed daily or every other day, and once dried it's very sleek, incredibly easy to style (a first for me!), and really soft.

It seems to me like my new supplements are helping to control the grease in/on my scalp and making everything appear healthier.

In case anyone is curious, my current regime is as follows:

-Boots 'skin perfection' formula, daily, containing:
-Beta Carotene
-Vit E
-Vit C
-Zinc
-Selenium
-Kelp
-Flaxseed Oil

-Biotin, 1000 dosage, daily

-Evening Primrose oil, 10ml daily

-Floradix, liquid iron and zinc supplement, twice daily (2 week course; I take this every few months)
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Old March 24th, 2007, 05:09 AM   #27
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Yes, all vitamins in the B family are water-soluble.

What I primarily notice from the B family is improved energy and mood. I think biotin has helped my hair growth a little bit, but I'm not positive.

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Old March 25th, 2007, 05:45 PM   #28
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Re: Vitamin B (Biotin)

Interesting question. Thanks for the site link, Nate. I will be looking more closely at what I eat!
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