Vitamin B8 is great
for the hair and skin

How does Vitamin B8 work?

Vitamin B8 belongs to the B group of vitamins The group consists of 8 vitamins and each has a different effect.

Vitamin B8 is a water soluble vitamin and is also called biotin. This vitamin is important for releasing energy from the diet. In fact, it participates in the process of formation and breaking down of carbohydrates and proteins, and the production of fatty acids. Vitamin B8 is great for hair and skin.

Vitamin B8 in the diet

Some of the important food sources of vitamin B8 are peanuts, nuts, eggs, soy and milk. Vitamin B8 is water-soluble. Therefore vegetables that contain this vitamin should be cooked in as little water as possible and should not be cut into small pieces.

Lack of Vitamin B8

This vitamin is found in many foods, so any deficiencies are extremely rare. Where they exist, the symptoms include skin changes, glossitis, decreased appetite, fatigue, muscle aches and depression.

Excess Vitamin B8

Adverse effects of a high intake of vitamin B8 are few or non-existent.

Following the placement of a gastric band or sleeve

If you have recently undergone the positioning of a gastric band or sleeve it is essential to take a quantity of vitamin B8 of between 50 and 100 milligrams per day. This value corresponds to 100-200% of the Recommended Daily Allowance.

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Following gastric bypass surgery, duodenal switch or biliopancreatic diversion procedures

Because of changes made to the intestine following surgery, your need for vitamin B8 increases. The tract of the intestine that absorbs this vitamin has been bypassed, so that the degree of assimilation of vitamin B8 by the body is much lower. Therefore, it is necessary to take a lot more than 150 milligrams, or more than 300% of the Recommended Daily Requirement, in order to provide your body with an adequate daily intake.

Vitamin B8 supplements

The intake of foods such as peanuts and hazelnuts is hard to tolerate after surgery for weight loss. FitForMe’s WLS Optimum and WLS Forte supplements can help you meet the shortfall in vitamin B8 levels post-surgery

WLS Optimum and WLS Forte can help you take on the adequate amount of vitamin B8, and all in just one capsule per day. For more information, please refer to our homepage:


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