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Vitamin B7: Biotin

Vitamin B7: Biotin

Biotin helps you make certain essential fatty acids and amino acids. Biotin is also important in gluconeogenesis, which is the process by which the body makes its own glucose when you have not eaten in a long time. This process occurs predominantly in the liver and the kidney. The glucose that is made can be sent to any place in the body that needs the energy the most.

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Click on the button to see how Vitamin B7 plays a role in your:

  • Digestive System
  • Urinary System
  • General Cellular Function

Digestive & Urinary Systems

First, Vitamin B7 travels to the liver and kidneys. Glucose, obtained through carbohydrates in your diet, is your body’s energy source. When you haven’t eaten in a while—while sleeping, for example—your body needs to make its own glucose. This process occurs in your liver and kidneys.

Digestive & Urinary Systems

Vitamin B7 is a crucial part of this process. It helps your liver and kidney cells bind together certain smaller molecules to make glucose, which can then be sent to power other parts of your body.

General Cell Function

As with all B-vitamins, Vitamin B7 is primarily involved in cell metabolism. It is crucial specifically for the synthesis of fatty acids from energy and other small molecules, as well as for the breakdown of amino acids into energy.