Nutrition for the Brain: Biotin (Vitamin B7)

berries as a source of biotinBiotin is important for healthy brain function as outlined in Dr. Robert Melillo’s book “The Disconnected Kids The Nutrition Plan.” This series, “Nutrition for the Brain,” will explore the nutrients that are most important to brain development and childhood health.


The brain is more dependent on Biotin, also known as Vitamin B7, than any other organ. Only needed in small amounts, biotin is important to maintaining a healthy nervous system regulating gene expression.


Biotin deficiencies can potentially cause neurological problems, especially for those with autism. Since nutritionally it mostly serves brain function and since autism is a brain-based condition, it makes sense that ensuring adequate levels of biotin may help children on the spectrum.


Since B vitamins like Vitamin B7 are water-soluble and not stored in the body, it’s important to get adequate amounts daily through food. Like many other B vitamins, biotin is found in a lot of the foods that you’ll want to avoid when starting out on the diet for kids with a brain imbalance — eggs, milk, legumes, and tomatoes. Other good sources of biotin include:

  • Almonds
  • Berries
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Cauliflower
  • Peanut Butter (organic)

More information on Biotin can be found on page 102 of my book “The Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan.”





Disconnected Kids Nutrition Plan

Dr. Robert Melillo’s Brain Balance program has helped thousands of families across the country, offering a drug-free, scientifically based method for addressing a wide range of conditions, including autism spectrum disorders and ADHD. In this new book, he presents the nutritional side of The Brain Balance Program, featuring guidelines, tips, and kid-friendly recipes based on the latest scientific research on how food affects the brain.

Disclaimer: The information presented on this web site is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment of specific medical conditions. Discuss this information with your healthcare provider to determine what is right for you and your family.

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