Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Wellness Wednesday - Biotin

Since I’ve finally been able to kick my nail biting habit, I now have longer nails. However, years of nail biting has done its damage. My nails are thin and chip or break off easily. I wanted to do something to help repair the damage done to my nails so I started doing my research and came across biotin. Biotin, aka Vitamin B7, is primarily beneficial for your nails, hair, and skin, though there are other health benefits such as increased metabolism and controlling blood sugar levels. For more information, check out WebMD or this article from StyleCraze.

So after learning about biotin and consulting with my doctor, I decided to start using it. So when I was given the opportunity to review these, I jumped at it.

Nourish your hair, skin and nail from the inside out with Maximum Strength 10,000 MCG Biotin from 100Naturals.

100Naturals Biotin has the maximum strength 10,000 mcg PURE biotin in each capsule. One bottle has 90 vegetable capsules (a 3 month supply) that are easy to take and absorb. They are also made in the USA in FDA registered facilities that are NSF and GMP certified as well as cruelty-free. 

My Review:
4 stars

These capsules were easy to swallow and didn’t have an odor, which I really enjoyed. And after taking these for a month now, I’ve already started to notice a change in my nails. My fingernails not only grow faster, but they seem to be coming in stronger than they used to. I’ve had fewer nails chip or break off and the tips of my fingernails don’t bend as much as they used to when pushed down. However, I’ve also noticed some other benefits.

For instance, I’ve noticed that my hair isn’t coming out as much when I shower or brush it as it used to. I have very thick hair, so losing some of it made sense, but now that I’m taking biotin, it’s decreased a bit.

Unfortunately, I haven’t really noticed any difference to my skin or my metabolism though, which I was hoping for. However, I’ve only been taking these for a month now, so hopefully, that will change more in the future.

My other issue with these were the price. You get a 3 month supply for about $14, which isn’t bad, but there are cheaper alternatives available. However, while the cheaper alternatives contain the same amount of biotin, they also contain calcium as calcium carbonate, which doesn’t seem like it would make that big of a difference unless you were allergic to it or had high blood calcium levels. However, that would be up to you to decide whether you wanted to pay more for pure biotin or less for a mix with calcium carbonate added in.

Overall, these definitely show promise, and I will continue taking them to see if they keep working and improving my nail health (among other things).

*I received this in exchange for an honest review.*

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