Foods for a Healthy Beard
You’re proud of your beard – and why not? You brush it, you clean it with the special beard shampoo, you oil it – heck, you take as good care of yore beard as you did of your first pet.
But did you know that, just like Mr Scruffles (don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone) your beard also needs its own special diet?
Well, no that’s not strictly true – your beard will eat whatever you eat. But there are some foods with macro and micronutrients that can be beneficial to a beard.
So if you want to make the most of your beard grooming skills and eat your way to a healthy, shiny beard, then consider chowing down on:
One thing beards definitely need is protein. Your body uses this macronutrient to essentially renew itself – that’s why we neck down protein shakes after vigorous exercise. In the same way, your body uses protein to create hair – and eggs as I’m sure you’re aware, are chock full of the stuff. Protein that is, not hair.
As an added bonus, a little-known vitamin called biotin is also essential to your body’s ability to generate new hair cells in your follicles. Would you like to guess which foodstuff is one of the richest sources of biotin on the planet?
No, only kidding – it’s eggs.
Do you know what else is a key ingredient in beard production? The male growth hormone testosterone. That’s why your 13-year-old cousin can only grow a wispy little moustache – his barely teenaged body still has low testosterone levels.
If you want to boast your own beard-growing game, then snack on a couple of Brazil nuts a day. They are loaded with a mineral called selnium, which your body needs to produce… testosterone.
Yeah, now we’re talking! Personally, I’ve always assumed that steak was pure man food.
Well, whether that’s true or not, steak, and in fact any red meat, is a good staple in the diet of the man who wants a healthy beard.
For one thing, just like eggs beef is stacked with all that lovely protein that your body needs to grow rock hard pecs you could crack a walnut on, and a healthy beard that a bird could build a nest in.
Red meat also helps your body to synthesise testosterone, which as learnt above is very useful for beard growing. In this instance though, it is the saturated fat in red meat that is the helping hand, providing the fatty acids that your body literally transforms into testosterone.
Yes, it’s not all steaks and nuts I’m afraid. Your beard craves carbs too, which like protein is a much-needed macronutrient in the production of hair cells. In fact, really, it can be any form of carbohydrate, your beard isn’t fussy.
Of course, filling up on sugar and white bread may provide some ammo for your beard but it’s also going to fluff up your gut pretty quickly. So if you want to feed your beard without sacrificing your waistband stick to complex carbohydrates like whole-wheat pasta and sweet potatoes.