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Old 04-15-2008, 10:48 AM   #1
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does biotin really work?

I noticed a little thinning of the hair up front. I would like a consensus. If anyone is listening who has had good results I would like to know. Thanks, Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI (hair today, gone tomorrow).
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:51 AM   #2
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Non results for me.

When you lose weight your hormones adjust to the change in estrogen=hair loss. Eat your greens, but just putter through it.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:02 AM   #3
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I have to say biotin absolutely worked for me. It took awhile but my i have noticeably more hair, and longer and stronger nails.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:07 AM   #4
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It worked for me, as well. I think it depends on what caused your hair loss. You also have to take about 5000 mcg a day to see results (which is a much higher dose than most take).
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:32 AM   #5
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It works for me. You have to take a good amount though and it wont work over night. about. I forget what the amount is I take, I'll have to look when I go home. Give it a month or so to see improvements.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:40 AM   #6
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I noticed a difference when I started taking it. My hair felt thicker and my nails grew stronger and stopped breaking all the time.

Then I took a tumble with my plan and stopped taking them on a daily basis. That definitely showed. It seemed I was losing more hair after washing and my nails were breaking.

So, just by that, I believe it was working for me. I take 5000mcg every day, plus a multi vitamin.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:48 AM   #7
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I, too, had noticed definate thinning of my super-think hair. . .so much that it started to scare me (low-cal will do that to you!!) I added 5000mgc of Biotin daily since November and have noticed a big improvement.
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:22 PM   #8
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no one could ever accuse me of going lo-cal....

for whatever reason the barely imperceptable hair thinning began, i suppose I could try the biotin for a month. Now for a follow up question: assuming i get results, can i stop taking it? There is still some biotin in my b complex tablets (i take 1 at each meal) and my multi-vitamin. Why is everything so complicated? Love & Profits: FLATFERENGHI (1 small step for a follicle. 1 giant leap for a full head of hair)
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Old 04-15-2008, 12:41 PM   #9
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I still take mine. I'm afraid to test it!
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Old 04-15-2008, 02:07 PM   #10
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I haven't noticed thickening, but my hair grows alot faster. I take 1000 mcg a day. I also have thyroid issues which obviously contribute to my thinning issues.

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Old 04-15-2008, 03:13 PM   #11
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I'm taking the 5000 mcg a day and I haven't noticed any difference yet.
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Old 04-15-2008, 03:16 PM   #12
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Years ago when I was a believer in almost everything -I took mega doses for a couple
of months for my nails. - Nada zip nothing.
Do you think I learned a lesson? Nope. Next I set out to cure my HPB with supplements.

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Old 04-15-2008, 04:42 PM   #13
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I've been taking Biotin 10,000 (yes, that correct...10,000 mcg) for months and I have seen absolutely NOTHING.

My nails are still brittle and peel. My hair is still thinning, especially in the front.

But, I'll keep taking it, praying one day it will kick in. (Hopeless optimist, LOL! )
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Old 04-15-2008, 06:05 PM   #14
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:33 PM   #15
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yes..10,000 mcg a day and noticed some difference in my nails and finally some in my hair in the past 2 weeks. Was just taken 5,000 but upped it last week to 2 a day.
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:37 PM   #16
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I'll take 2 pills then!!! See what happens!!
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:50 PM   #17
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Where are the best places to look for Biotin ?? Is this a vitamin supplement sold at most any store ?? Are some stores better priced for this item ? Ive heard of it before and been told by my hair dresser to get it when she noticed the health of my hair. I never looked into it but now I am thinking it might be worth a shot. Couldnt hurt ;-)
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Old 04-15-2008, 07:51 PM   #18
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Old 04-16-2008, 03:14 AM   #20
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It doesn't happen over night.

I think the very first thing you would notice is that hair loss slows down. You're not losing as much hair. You will notice this in the shower and in your hair brush.

Now, think about it...how long does it take for a finger nail to "grow out"? 6 months to a year. How long would it take for a "Hair" to grow out?

You can notice a difference in a few months (Like little hairs starting to grow) but your nails and hair won't be "Grown out" yet.

I did notice some difference in my nails and hair (new hair growth) but it's nothing like right now.

I have been taking it since May of last year. I never could grow nails. If I tried, as soon as I would get them to a nice stage? They would break or tear, and I would start all over again.

Now? I actually have to CUT my nails back, because they grow too long.

Same thing with the hair. It seems alot fuller now, but I'm sure the total results that I want will show up down the road as the hair gets Longer.

Let's truly think about how Long it takes for a finger nail and a Hair to grow.

Stick with it, be consistent. It's not a "Quick fix". Your feeding the nail and hair to grow properly and that does take time.
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Old 04-16-2008, 03:17 AM   #21
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Don't expect it to work over night! I took it for a month or more before I noticed a difference. Keep at it
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Old 04-16-2008, 04:32 AM   #22
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I've been taking 5000 mcg 2x a day-not for hair but for my nails. I've had serious ridge problems for years. This prevented them from growing very long. IT WORKS! But it does take awhile to show any affect. Right now all my nails are long, strong and very healthy. My dermatologist is dumbfounded. I wanted him to remove one thumbnail because it had such a serious ridge it would split down the middle. He said the nail bed was permanently damaged and removing the nail and allowing a new one wouldn't solve the problem. I still have a slight ridge but the nail is growing great
The downside? I have to get my hair trimmed every 3 weeks-it grows like crazy!! I will never stop taking it.
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Old 04-16-2008, 04:47 AM   #23
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I'm taking the 10000 dose too. I've noticed mostly that my eyelashes are now thick and longer But I can see the new growth in my nails. I'm impatiently waiting for full grow out, but it does take a good 6 mos to a year to fully get nail growth to the tips of your nails. Mine may be moving a bit quicker than that, and I'm dealing with recovery from artificial nails as well, so I'm pretty short and scuffy right now. The 'biotin ridge' of thicker growth is further down the nail than any of the artificial nail damage, so the better growth isn't related to the removal of the nails.

Also, I'm not losing as much hair in my comb, although if I drop off for a few days I'll see the loss come back.

If you aren't helped by the biotin, you probably have something else going on. I'd suspect thyroid issues first, with a number of other things behind that.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:13 AM   #24
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Biotin does not help everyone. It depends on what your issues are. If it does help, it takes time (as others have stated). You also have to take a pretty hefty dose (at least 5000 mcg). It's very inexpensive and is easy to find.
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Anyone taking Biotin that has "female "issues like PCOS - or hormonal issues and have it work for them? Do you think it will work if hair loss was a result of this? My DS isnt on a low carb woe, but has suffered some thinning and I've told her about Biotin ,and we're just curious if it may work for her. Thanks all!
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I take a multi-vitamin (contains Biotin) along with my Fish Oil, Evening Primrose, and Vitamins C & E. That has helped thicken my hair.
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Thanks Lora, any idea how much Biotin is in the MV?
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I noticed a big difference after taking Biotin. But it also seems to upset my tummy. This happen to anyone else?
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Thanks Lora, any idea how much Biotin is in the MV?
Not really that much. 25Mcg.

Then again it is very easy to overdose on vitamins and I have to be careful.
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