Many take Biotin to combat hair loss while on the HCG diet. However, most are unaware that it is extremely important for energy production, especially while on a low-carb, ketosis diet. Simply put, Biotin allows you to get the most out of your calories. And if you’re on a limited amount, like you are on HCG 2.0, it can be a lifesaver.
Like Collagen, we all know that Biotin is great for hair, skin and nails. But what most people don’t know is that Biotin also plays a critical role in fat and protein metabolism. It’s a metabolic booster. That’s why it’s a perfect fit for InsideOut Wellness. Whether you’re just getting started on your weight loss journey or trying to maintain your losses – Biotin is a must.
Not only will it do the obvious by allowing you to maintain the precious hair on your head (trust me, I’m sympathetic to your cause), but it will increase skin elasticity, strengthen your nails and improve metabolic function. This will make your weight loss easier and more sustainable.
Benefits of Biotin – Why add Biotin to your HCG diet protocol?
Biotin for Stronger and Healthier Hair – During pregnancy, a woman’s Biotin levels will drop quite substantially. The research is unclear as to why, but many attribute the production of HCG as the culprit. Often, the same women that lose hair during pregnancy will also lose hair on the HCG diet. Supplementing Biotin will reduce these adverse effects of HCG and allow you to maintain your hair.
Biotin for Healthier Skin – Biotin’s role in skin health is related to its role in fat metabolism. If deficient, skin will become dry and irritated. A common condition during pregnancy is called Seborrheic Dermatitis and is attributed to hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy. HCG is a contributor. Supplementing Biotin can mediate its effects.
Biotin for Healthier Nails – In a recent study, participants were given 2.5mg of Biotin per day. After 6 months over 90% of participants had a 25% increase in nail thickness.
Biotin for Macronutrient Metabolism – This is what most people don’t know about Biotin. It is extremely important for energy production. It allows you to get the most out of your calories. This is critical, especially if you’re on a ketosis diet. Ketosis is a complex process that requires multiple enzymes and co-enzymes. If this process can be made more efficient, you’ll feel less hunger. Your body reacts to ketone calories exactly the same as it does from calories you consume from a meal. If you’re being supplied adequate ketone calories, you’ll feel satiated and full. You won’t be hungry. See below…
How does Biotin Support Ketosis
Gluconeogenesis: This is the key to ketosis. Gluco (glucose) Neo (new) Genesis (creation) is the metabolic pathway that enables glucose production from sources other than carbs (this is essentially the definition of ketosis). Biotin-containing enzymes help initiate this process and keep running like a fine-tuned engine.
Fatty acid synthesis: Biotin assists enzymes that activate reactions important for the production of fatty acids. Ultimately, it’s these fatty acids that make your hair, skin and nails strong in addition to all sorts of stuff in between.
Breakdown of amino acids: Biotin-containing enzymes are involved in the metabolism of several important amino acids, including leucine. Leucine is critical in allowing you to maintain muscle mass while strictly losing weight from unwanted fat. It also increases energy and endurance within your muscles and is a building block of Human Growth Hormone (HGH).
Why Fish Collagen
Fish Collagen was preferred in this product simply because I used Bovine Collagen in my Collagen Plus+ product. Essentially, both do the same thing. But Fish Collagen adds variety. This is particularly useful if you don’t get much fish in your diet. If you’re unaware of the benefits of Collagen, read my product description for Collagen Plus+ here.
Other Ingredients in Biotin Plus+
Lycopene – Lycopene is a phytochemical found in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables. It’s a powerful antioxidant and it’s often taken for cancer and heart disease prevention and is also know to suppress viral conditions.
Black Current Seed Oil – Also a powerful antioxidant, Black Current Seed has been shown to redeuce triglycerides and LDLs (bad cholesterols), while increasing HDL levels (good cholesterol).
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) – Great for skin health and elasticity.
Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid) – It’s a cure all and you can never have too much of it. It’s great for immune health and fighting viruses.