Biotin is a water-soluble vitamin which was first isolated in 1936. Biotin is naturally produced in the body by gut bacteria and is an essential co-factor for several enzymes. Biotin is essential for carbohydrate metabolism and in the synthesis of fatty acids. It is also implicated in the conversion of amino acids into proteins.
In addition to its role in metabolism and synthesis of carbohydrates and proteins, Biotin is essential for cell growth and replication throught its role in the manufacture of genetic material (RNA & DNA) of the cell. Biotin is required for healthy hair and nails and it is a popular supplement among consumers for this reason.