It’s fair to say that the beard is back.
The once out-dated fashion, favoured only by silver-haired kindly looking octogenarians like Uncle Albert, Captain Birdseye and Father Christmas has sprouted followers all over of late, thanks to the rise of ‘The Hipster’. With 1/3 of gents sporting some sort of facial fuzz and a £50 billion male grooming market growing everyday, brace yourself for braces, rearrange your man-bun and hop on your unicycle; because the beard is here to stay.
How do you grow a beard?
Your ability to grow a beard depends on how your body reacts to the male hormone, testosterone. Dihydrotestosterone, a component synthesized from testosterone, stimulates male development and gender-specific characteristics. Males more receptive to dihydrotestosterone are more likely to be able to grow a full, bushy beards however are also more likely to eventually go bald.
Can your diet affect your ability to grow a beard?
In short, yes.
Hair is primarily made of the protein keratin, a chain of amino acids produced from the consumption of protein in your diet. A healthy balanced diet is essential for health hair growth, deficiencies in vitamins B, C and E are the most common causes of poor hair health.
Best vitamins for beard growth
If you struggle to obtain all the nutrients your body needs, vitamins are a great way to supplement a healthy diet. These essential macronutrients – carbohydrates proteins and fats from your diet, and micronutrients – vitamins and minerals, will help support the function of your hair, skin and nails maintaining and repairing your existing hair follicles.
Pantothenic acid, also known as vitamin B5 metabolizes the carbohydrates, protein and fat from your food into key nutrients the cells in your body requires to function properly.
Deficiency in B-5 can result in hair loss and premature graying, whilst a healthy dose promotes circulation within your hair follicles.
Biotin, is a member of the B complex vitamins that is found naturally in eggs, salmon and leafy greens. Biotin promotes the production of keratin, providing an essential function in the process of hair growth and maintenance.
The sunshine vitamin contains antioxidants which promote healthy follicle growth. Vitamin C also contributes to the normal function of the immune and nervous system, protects cells against oxidative stress and supports the formation of collagen for healthy hair, skin and nails.
Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant and fat soluble vitamin found naturally in many plant oils, soybeans, nuts and seeds. Vitamin E gets to work by protecting DNA, proteins and lipids by contributing to the protection of the body’s cells from oxidative stress. The increased blood flow and promotes healthy hair and skin and reduces the risk of premature graying.