One thing many men don't think about as they grow their beard is how it is directly affected by what we put into our bodies on a daily basis. It's all good and great to trim, comb, grim, and even moisturize with various beard grooming creams, but it's something also to adopt the healthy diet needed for healthy beard growth. So what are some strong vitamins and nutrient that will make your beard as healthy as a horse's mane and as sturdy and strong as a warrior dwarf? To get you started here are few that you should consider incorporating more frequently into your diet.
- Vitamin A
Vitamin A is one of those all purpose vitamins that contributes to the growth and development of just about every cell in the human body. Hair, and even facial hair are no exception to this generally rule. Vitamin A is known for contributing to healthy cell growth, leading to the growth of a shinier and healthier beard that will quickly become your pride and joy. In some cases a Vitamin A Deficiency has even been linked to hair loss, but be careful. This isn't like a miracle-grow you can just dump into yourself, as in some rare cases hair loss has also occurred in those who consumed the vitamin in access. Speak to your doctor about a healthy dose, or simply don't exceed the maximum daily value, or even the recommended value by excessive amounts. Practice this in healthy moderation and you should be just fine.
- Various B-Vitamins
B-VITAMINS are also great for many things. Some have referred to B-Vitamins as a sort of “Brain food” contributing to the healthy development and over all processes of the brain. They can also be used for energy and thus used in many stimulatory and other energy related supplements. In this case, however, we are looking at a specific B-Vitamin known as biotin, more and commonly sought as a nutritional supplement for many things including the stimulation of hair growth. Some studies have also linked deficiencies in this critical nutrient to hair loss. This is all somewhat anecdotal, however. Other B-Vitamins, however aid in the development of red blood cells that help carry nutrients to our hair folicles. Consider eating fish, almonds or other B-vitamin rich foods or take a short cut and invest in supplements directly containing all the B-Vitamins your body will appreciate having anyway, and you should start seeing a stronger, healthier beard over time.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D has been shown in some research to lead to an increase in folicles while a lack thereof has been shown to product hair loss in some individuals. The research is somewhat limited now, but low levels have also been linked to a loss of hair. It's always good for the bearded man to cover all bases and make sure this vitamin is not lacking. You can get Vitamin naturally from sunshine and various fortified foods (IE Vitamin D fortified milk)
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E is one of super vitamins known for having a positive effect on skin and hair, though again with little known about the details of how they help. Even so Vitamin E (along with Vitamin C) is known for reduce stress on our hair and cells caused by oxidation. This will not only prevent hair from thinning or falling out but also create a biological environment for healthy and thriving hair growth. 5. Vitamin C
Free radical damage can block growth and cause your beard to age. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps protect against the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. In addition, your body needs vitamin C to create collagen — an important part of hair structure.
Vitamin C also helps your body absorb iron, a mineral necessary for hair growth.
Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen to your cells. This makes it an important mineral for many bodily functions, including beard growth.
Iron deficiency, which causes anemia, is a major cause of hair loss. It’s especially common in women.
Foods high in iron include clams, oysters, eggs, red meat, spinach and lentils. 7. Zinc
Zinc plays an important role in beard tissue growth and repair. It also helps keep the oil glands around the follicles working properly.
Hair loss is a common symptom of zinc deficiency. Studies show zinc supplements reduce hair loss caused by zinc deficiency. However, there are some anecdotal reports that supplementing with too high of a dose can also contribute to hair loss.
For this reason, it may be better to get your zinc from natural foods. Foods high in zinc include oysters, beef, spinach, wheat germ, pumpkin seeds and lentils.
Beard is made almost entirely of protein. Consuming enough is important for beard growth. Animal studies show that protein deficiency may decrease hair growth and even lead to hair loss. However, actual protein deficiency is extremely rare in Western countries.
The lesson hair is that you can nourish your hair and beard for maximum growth by simply ingesting more vitamins, who knew?