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Vitamin H - Did You Know How Important It Is?

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Dt. Vishal Saini 90% (4980 ratings)
Doctor of Naturopathy & Natural Medicines, Certified Diabetic Educator, Diploma in Nutrition & Health Education (DNHE), Certificate in food Nutrition (CFN), Bachelor of Education, Bachelor of Arts (Physical Education)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Agra  •  10 years experience
Vitamin H - Did You Know How Important It Is?

Vitamins are literally translated to vita and amins, which are important ingredients for overall good health. They are required in minor quantities and are therefore part of the list of micronutrients. Vitamin H is actually a part of the vitamin B complex, and is also the vitamin B7. It is known as vitamin H given the German word for Haar and Haut, which stands for hair and skin. In fact, this vitamin is most beneficial for the good health of hair and skin. Read on to know more about its functions, benefits, and sources.

Functions:

  1. It is manufactured by the gut bacteria and is essential for normal body growth and development.
  2. Required for good hair and skin. Reduced amounts can lead to hair loss/thinning, and dermatitis
  3. Essential for metabolism and converts the protein, carbohydrates, and fat into energy that can be used by the body
  4. Carries carbon dioxide through the body
  5. Required for good functioning of sweat glands, bone marrow, and nervous system

Benefits:

  1. Increases the speed of metabolism and converting food into energy. This can be used for weight loss, as it helps in quickly breaking down food into energy.
  2. It helps lower levels of LDL in the body, which is the bad cholesterol. It, therefore, reduces the incidence of heart attack and the stroke.
  3. Helps in maintaining optimal blood sugar levels, by converting the carbohydrates in the food. Diabetics can take supplements to maintain optimal sugar levels at all times. Taken with chromium, it stimulates glycemic control and improves glucose tolerance.
  4. It is a great antioxidant and is known as the nourishing vitamin. It removes cellular waste and gets rid of toxins formed in the body, leading to overall health.
  5. Biotin, as it is also called, also is important for good skin. It promotes growth of nails and skin. Most skin products used to treat conditions like acne, psoriasis, dermatitis, etc., contain biotin.
  6. It is known to improve wrinkles as it improves cellular fibre activity, reduces breakage of collagen, and improved protein formation in the skin.
  7. It boosts the growth of new hair follicles and and is very vital for the health of hair. It is very useful in treating hair thinning, and brittle hair. Hair oils contain vitamin H which provides nutrition.
  8. Vitamin H is also given as a supplement during pregnancy for health of the mother and the baby

Sources:

  1. Vitamin H is naturally formed in the body by the gut bacteria
  2. Additionally, foods also contain it. Non vegetarian sources include organ meat including chicken and fish.
  3. Dairy products such as cheese, milk, etc.
  4. Eggs and yeast are also good sources. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult a Dietitian/Nutritionist.
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