Biotin is a type of B vitamin (B7) and is also sometimes referred to as vitamin H. The word “biotin” is derived from the Greek word biotos, meaning life or sustenance. B vitamins are important for deriving energy from food. Biotin is a key vitamin needed for healthy metabolism and the health of the nervous, digestive and cardiovascular systems. It is also a crucial nutrient during pregnancy as it promotes healthy embryonic growth.
Biotin is a vital B vitamin and is needed for the metabolism of fats, carbohydrates and amino acids. This means that if we eat food rich in fats, carbs and proteins, we need biotin to break them down into smaller compounds and derive energy from them. Biotin is also helpful in keeping our nails, hair and skin healthy. Diabetics gain specific benefits from biotin due to its role in glucose metabolism and in keeping blood glucose levels in check. Biotin deficiencies are rare if one consumes a healthy, balanced diet.
In a preliminary animal study, type 2 diabetic mice were given biotin supplementation. These mice showed reduced levels of blood glucose and increased levels of serum insulin. This study proved that biotin has the ability to exert an anti-diabetic effect in animals and can be a promising candidate for further studies. View research
In a landmark study on 43 patients with type 2 diabetes, researchers found that serum levels of biotin were significantly lower than in normal subjects. The lower biotin levels corresponded to higher fasting blood sugar levels. Oral administration of biotin at dosages of 9 mg daily brought down the blood glucose levels significantly without affecting levels of insulin in the blood. The researchers concluded that biotin treatment was an effective way to regulate blood glucose levels in type 2 diabetics. View research
In a study involving 447 subjects with poorly controlled diabetes type 2, subjects were divided into two groups. One group was given a supplementation of biotin and chromium picolinate and the other received a placebo. The biotin/chromium picolinate showed improved glycemic control as was evident from their reduced HbA1c levels. The researchers concluded that this therapy could be given as an adjuvant to their current therapies for better control of blood sugar levels. View research
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Sugar Shield contains biotin along with cinnamon, chromium and alpha lipoic acid. This potent combination can help in controlling prediabetic blood sugar levels and avoid full-blown type 2 diabetic condition.