I remember the first time I thought about taking supplements. As a teenager, I read in Cosmopolitan magazine that Kate Bosworth took omega-3 fish oils to keep her skin glowing, her hair shiny, and her nails strong. I thought, “Of course I’m gonna start taking fish oil!” However, after spending too much money on a pill that gave me fishy burps (not exactly what a high school girl is looking for), my omega-3 days soon came to an end.
Fast forward about ten years, and I now know where to find fish oil that doesn’t give me the fishy burps. But DHA, the sought-after fatty acid that's been instrumental in giving fish oil its good reputation, still doesn’t come cheap. There’s got to be an alternative, right? Well, if healthy hair, nails and skin is what you’re looking for, biotin (vitamin H) might be the answer. And guess what? It’s less than half the cost of DHA—and there's definitely no fish breath involved. If I could go back in time, I would steer my teenage self in the direction of biotin.
There’s one other reason I’ll be adding biotin to my daily supplement intake, and it involves something much more important than me and my Bosworth-aspiring hair. A recent multi-vitamin study linked biotin supplementation with the management of birth defects; it might be just as important for pregnant women as folic acid is. And although another pregnancy is not in my immediate future, I like to plan ahead. ;)