Healthy adults need about 30 mcg of biotin each day. Children vary in their needs from 5 – 25 mcg, depending on age. People who might have a greater than normal need for biotin include alcoholics, patients who have had a partial gastrectomy or achlorhydria, burn patients, epileptics, elderly individuals, athletes and women who are pregnant or lactating.
Food sources of biotin include:
- brewer’s yeast
- cooked eggs, especially egg yolk
- nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts) and nut butters
- soybeans and other legumes (beans, blackeye peas, peanuts)
- whole grains
- cauliflower, Swiss chard and mushrooms
Biotin does not seem to have any significant interactions with supplements and herbs, but is known to interact with these medications and drugs:
If you use any of these medications, please discuss the need for biotin supplementation with your MD, ND or pharmacist.