Or you'll be at risk of misdiagnoses.
We have long heard of how most dietary supplements are at best useless, and at worst dangerous. Around 23,000 emergency hospital visits in the US every year are actually due to adverse effects of dietary supplements. Now, to add to that is the possibility of skewed lab tests which still spells harm though indirectly. So bad that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had to step in.
“The FDA is alerting the public, health care providers, lab personnel, and lab test developers that biotin can significantly interfere with certain lab tests and cause incorrect test results which may go undetected,” the agency explains in a statement.
“Biotin in patient samples can cause falsely high or falsely low results, depending on the test. Incorrect test results may lead to inappropriate patient management or misdiagnosis,” it notes, that they’ve identified at least “one death related to biotin interference in lab tests.”
"They’re warning the public, health care providers, those that work in scientific laboratories, and industry workers to be aware of this before conducting any experiments or ingesting large quantities of the supplement," Iflscience reported.
Vitamin B7 or biotin can be found in a range of multivitamins and a variety of supplements. This is only to help those who had a genuine deficiency – in which it helps prevent hair thinning or skin rashes –not to make you hair, skin, and nails look better.
The daily recommended allowance for biotin is 0.03 milligrams to avoid interference to lab tests. However, common biotin supplements have 667 times that sum! The FDA also note that “physicians may recommend up to 300 milligrams per day for conditions such as multiple sclerosis”.
So, better know what you're taking and contact your doctor. Go and educate yourself before it's too late. Again, high amounts of this can lead to false data, consequently risking your health.
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