Biotin in the PAGG stack supplement
There is no ‘B’ in PAGG. So, what’s the deal with Biotin, which we have included in our PAGG stack supplement since its first formulation?
Biotin is a water-soluble B-vitamin, also known as Vitamin B7. It’s sometimes unofficially called Vitamin H, which comes from the German words for hair and skin – a clue as to one market for biotin supplementation. (brittle nails and hair loss). It was first isolated in the 1930s, and is needed for the formation of fatty acids and glucose metabolism (cell energy production), where it works with pantothenic acid to produce enzymes for the breakdown of carbohydrates and proteins. It is part of the citric acid cycle, and assists in other biochemical processes including the transfer of carbon dioxide.
It’s found in a range of foods including yeast, liver, bananas, carrots, legumes, sardines, mushrooms, cauliflower, peanuts, salmon, and egg yolks, and because of this broad distribution deficiency is quite unusual in anyone eating a diverse and abundant Western diet. It is also produced in the stomach, and by intestinal bacteria, which is another reason most people have no trouble getting enough for daily requirements.
But in the event of deficiency symptoms include hair thinning, skin rash, depression, exhaustion and also raised cholesterol and heart problems – all things to be avoided, when you’re looking for optimal wellbeing. In the extensive research and refinement that developed the PAGG stack supplement it was found that alpha-lipoic acid in the concentrations recommended for PAGG can affect internal production of biotin, because it alters the chemical environment of the stomach. Tim Ferriss pointed out in the Four Hour Body that it was vital to ensure adequate consumption of B-complex vitamins whilst taking PAGG, and the inclusion of 100 mcg is how we ensure that use of the PAGG stack supplement cannot be detrimental to your wellbeing.
As well as being recommended for skin and hair concerns, biotin supplementation has also shown interesting results in treatment of type 2 diabetes, especially in combination with chromium picolinate – indicating significantly greater improvement in blood sugar levels compared to control groups. This is all important news for anyone trying to lose weight, and another good reason for ensuring biotin levels are sustained during your slow carb diet.
One more reason – if you need one – for including biotin with your PAGG stack: the richest food source of biotin is actually egg yolk, preferably raw (mmm!). However, egg whites contain avidin, which binds to biotin preventing absorption – and on the slow carb diet program we are advised to add extra whites to egg yolks, for maximum protein intake. Therefore even if you eat a lot of eggs, as many slow carbers do, you still might not be absorbing sufficient biotin, to ensure you receive all its important benefits.
Using our PAGG stack therefore not only accelerates your fat loss and body recomposition, it also makes sure you achieve this with no health detriments due to B7 deficiency – helping you to look and feel your best ever.
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