Vitamins that are reported to help with beard growth.
Let me start with nothing beats patience when it comes to beard growth. Both genetics and nutrition will make a ton of difference when it comes to beard growth and not much can be done about genetics. Nutrition on the hand is well within our control and can be supplemented with food intake and vitamin supplements.
To the best of our knowledge no non-prescription beard treatment will help with hair growth. Many people believe it does as a well formulated product like those made by Beards Until Skulls llc will keep your existing hair healthy and less likely to split, dry and break therefore letting the beard grow healthier and fuller making it appear to allow the hair to grow faster especially on a longer or more established beard.
Since I was a boy I have heard the old adage you are what you eat. This goes for you beard too. Having rocked a beard for most of the time since I left the service I have tried and researched about everything I could think of including vitamins that will me to keep a fuller, faster growing and healthier beard.
Here are the top vitamins I have found for it. (Keep in mind that your nails will benefit from these as well so while at the store getting these make sure you get a new set of nail clippers as you will need them as well. )
Vitamin C :
All my life I have been told to eat more vitamin C especially when I was sick. So if this is to help your immune system why in the world would you take it for beard growth? Well.... Vitamin C fights free radicals and those free radicals can attack hair follicles. By cutting down on the free radicals Vitamin C has reportedly helped men grow thicker longer hair and beards. Vitamin C also helps in blood flow which is needed for beard and hair growth. Vitamin C can be found in a lot of vitamins and vitamin supplements.
Foods high in Vitamin C:
- Oranges and citrus fruit
- Chili peppers
- bell pepper
Vitamin A is important for the body's ability to create the structure of epithelial tissues. This amazing vitamin also helps in the healthy product of sebum. Sebum is a natural lubricant that your skin secretes sebum. Sebum is helps to keep your hair moisturized and lustrous.
Foods High in Vitamin A:
- Green leafy vegetables
- Egg yolk
Vitamin E is absolutely essential to have healthy hair and skin (Including your beard.) Like Vitamin C, Vitamin E increases blood circulation when allows the hair follicle to get the vitamins, minerals and nutrients it needs. It also allows for good oxygen flow to the skin and hair follicles.
Foods High in Vitamin E:
- wheat germ oil,
- leafy green vegetables,
- dried beans,
- raw nuts and seeds
Warning if you are taking anticoagulants or are on high blood pressure medications, speak to your health professional. Excess amounts of Vitamin E has been reported to cause an increase in blood pressure and might impede the ability of your blood to clot.
Niacin or Vitamin B3:
Niacin is the name of a Vitamin B that promotes the circulation of blood to your hair follicles and helps with beard and hair growth. It also helps with the production of certain hormones that are when low enough are blamed on hair loss.
If you take a Niacin supplement and feel a "prickly heat" or flushed there are blushless supplements that all but eliminate that heat flash that can be observed.
Foods high in Niacin/Vitamin B3
- oily fish
Inositol or Vitamin B8:
Vitamin B8 is actually not a vitamin but a sugar that does a few important things. Inositol has a major funcion in you body a major component of cell membranes and helps keep your hair follicles healthy.
Foods high in Inositol/Vitamin B8
- brewer’s yeast
- citrus fruits
- whole grains
Biotin or Vitamin B7:
Keratin is actually a protein that is formed by a combination of 18 different amino acids and is naturally created the multiplication and diffentiation of cells, which are beneath the skin layers. Keratin helps in the healthy growth of both hair on your head but your beard.
Since Keratin is not a single nutrient the following list of foods are reported to help your skin produce the elements required for healthy hair growth.
Foods that help with Keratin production.
- Sweet potato
- Sunflower seeds
- Beef Liver
Phosphorus has a pretty amazing ability to promote the repair maintenance and growth of all tissues and cells in the Body. Phosphorus will also assist in the filtering of toxins to allow your body to grow new and healthy cells in almost every bit of your body including the skin, nails and in our beards and hair.
Foods high in phosphorus
- Chicken and Turkey
- Organ Meats
- Sunflower and Pumpkin Seeds
- Whole Grains
- Beans and Lentils
- Amaranth and Quinoa
Zinc is one of the trace elements. It plays a pretty important part in the synthesis of Keratin (Mentioned above). Keratin is an big part of your skin nails and hair. On top of that our bodies use it for collagen production helping with healthy follicles. Even with helping with all that it also is an ingrient our bodies use for testosterone production. Testosterone plays a big part in male characteristics including but not limited to beard growth.
Foods High in Zinc
Be warned some Zinc oral supplements have been known to cause some people reactions similar to the flu.
I will be brief on this but testosterone has a lot to do with beard growth. We all produce a different amount and for those of us a bit older it goes down. There are numerous supplements but the easiest way I have read to help raise it some is to get and get some exercise. Since we are a men's product line and this is defiantly an odd subject for some I may do another blog post on this so keep an eye open for it.
These are not in any way medical recommendations nor are we recommending quantity to take. Seek advice from your nutritionist or health care provider before taking excess amounts of any of these supplements.