Taking Vitamin B7 Can Mess Up Your Medical Tests

High doses of the vitamin biotin in a person's blood can cause errors in some medical lab tests, and these faulty test results have already been linked to one death, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Biotin, also known as vitamin B7 or vitamin H, is commonly found in multivitamins, prenatal vitamins and supplements that claim to improve nails, hair and skin. In a statement released Nov. 28, the FDA said that biotin can skew the results of certain lab tests, which can potentially lead to a misdiagnosis. These "biotin-related errors" can occur in a variety of...

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