Biotin is part of the vitamin B group, although it is not a vitamin. Benefits: Important for the health of hair, skin, and nails Required for the synthesis of fatty acids Assists in converting food into energy Contributes to the health of reproductive organs and sweat glands An important nutrient for carbohydrate metabolism Supports the nervous system Participates in the conversion of amino acids into proteins Promotes normal cell growth It is a coenzyme, which is acting in combination with vitamins. Biotin gets its name from the Greek word bios, which means “life” and was isolated in 1936 for the first time. It is necessary for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. As a coenzyme, it is involved in many processes and it is utilized by every cell in the body. Biotin is involved in energy metabolism and plays a major role in the use of glucose. It is essential for cell growth and replication and enables the formation and maintenance of the chemical structures of keratin (the main protein found in hair and nails). Biotin is water-soluble; any excess is eliminated via the urine. Biotin is found in various foods, including liver, cauliflower, salmon, carrots, bananas, soy flour, cereals, and yeast. Biotin content of food is reduced by cooking and preserving.