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Vitamin B7

Vitamin B7 is a water-soluble Vitamin that is also called Vitamin H and Biotin.

The chemical structure includes: a ureido ring, a tetrahydrothiophene ring, and a valeric acid substitute.

Biotin is consumed from a wide variety of food sources but few are particularly rich sources. Biotin is necessary for cell growth, metabolism of fats, metabolism of amino acids, the production of fatty acids, and more.

Currently, additional studies are being done to evaluate its role in helping to maintain blood sugar levels.

Sources

– Yeast
– Royal jelly
– Liver
– Some fish
– Eggs
– Cow’s milk
– Goat’s milk
– Soybeans
– Tomatoes
– Romaine lettuce
– Other vegetables
– Some nuts
– others

Function

–  A key component of cellular growth

–  Helps in the production of fatty acids

–  Necessary for some fat metabolism

–  Helps with amino acids

–  A key component of the Citric Acid Cycle

–  Carbon dioxide

Deficiencies

– Very rare
– Rather mild
– Can cause a change in appetite
– Can cause a change in growth

Toxicity is very unlikely

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