Biotin: Pet Food Ingredients A to Z

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On the 2nd day of the A to Z challenge, we move on to the letter “B”, and we have chosen Biotin as our pet food ingredient of the day.

What is Biotin?

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Biotin is a water soluble B vitamin that is essential for protein and fatty acid metabolism. Water soluble, which means that the body will not store excess amounts which are eliminated during urination.

Common names for Biotin

Some common names for Biotin include vitamin B-7, vitamin H, and coenzyme R.

Why is Biotin included in pet food?

Biotin is included in pet food as a vitamin supplement to ensure adequate B-7 quantities for your pet.

Common benefits of Biotin

There are many benefits of Biotin including protein and fatty acid metabolism. Biotin supports a healthy nervous system, skin, and coat.

Miscellaneous facts about Biotin

  • Biotin can be found in most sources of the B vitamins (e.g. meat, fish, eggs) but is found in higher concentrations in foods like swiss chard, leafy green vegetables, brewer’s yeast, sardines, and liver.
  • Biotin is often included in human skin care products due to its reputation that it helps keep skin healthy.

Sources and further reading

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-h-biotin

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biotin

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