Ever suffered from beard envy? Seen someone else’s whiskers and wanted them? Then struggled to get the growth you need to recreate the look?
It’s frustrating when what you want is wonderful whiskers but all you seem to be creating is a sub-standard stubble isn’t it? But is there anything you can do?
The answer is…. maybe.
While elements of beard growing capabilities are based solidly in your (unfortunately unchangeable) genetics, there are a number of ways that you can work with your whiskers, supporting solid beard growth and giving you a better chance at achieving the look you aspire to.
Here we take a look at five ways you can “feed” your beard to help support the best possible natural growth.
1: Essential fatty acids for hair growth
Essential fatty acids like the Omega-3s found in oily fish and a selection of seeds are believed to be a good source of the building blocks needed for healthy hair follicles. Introducing two or three portions of oily fish to your weekly menu or using hemp, flax or chia seeds, may help to support healthy, lasting beard growth.
2: Vitamin C supports beards
Vitamin C has long been recognised as a powerful tool in our fight for good health and good looks. Found in a wide range of foods from oranges, kiwis and strawberries to cauliflower and kale, Vitamin C works as an antioxidant helping create optimum conditions for good growth. Salad dodgers may wish to consider a Vitmin C supplement – widely available in both tablet and drink forms.
3: Beards need testosterone supporting foods
Beards = manliness, right? There’s a reason for this – because beard growth is, in part, governed by levels of the male hormone testosterone. So it makes sense that foods that support testosterone production could also be beneficial to beard growth. Aim to add Vitamin D rich foods such as tuna, mushrooms and eggs to your diet, and include choices that are rich in zinc such as beef, lamb, pumpkin seeds and chick peas.
4: Beards need B vitamins
Vitamin B7 specifically supports the production of keratin needed for hair growth, while B3 helps to regulate hormones, a necessary part of the beard growth equation. Good news is you can get a big boost to you B vitamins simply by eating a fortified cereal every day. If you prefer to keep it clean in the kitchen, then Vitamin B rich foods include almonds, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, peanuts, mushrooms and peas.
5: Beard Oil / Beard Balm to nourish whiskers
Feeding the beard is not just about what you put on the inside – it is also important to pay attention to the outside. Beard oils and beard balms are designed to give hairs that have already grown the support they need to go the distance. Look for a preparation with nourishing vitamin E to keep your beard looking its very best.