The Right Foods Can Make a World of Difference in Beard Growth
Genetics play a critical role in the development of your beard. Those tiny strands of DNA are likely the reason why your buddy can grow a beard that rivals Gandalf the White’s from “The Lord of The Rings” in the same amount of time it takes you to grow a patchy thing that looks like you superglued back hairs to your face.
It can be daunting, even disheartening, to see others succeed in achieving the facial forest of your dreams while you struggle to keep up with the increasingly creative friendly jabs you get from your friends on the regular.
But, I urge you friend, do not pick up the razor. Don’t give up on achieving the mane you want — get smarter about promoting your beard growth instead.
And no, getting smarter about beard growth does not entail researching experimental beard transplant procedures conducted only in developing nations.
In fact, promoting beard growth can be as easy as shifting your dietary focus toward fresh foods that have components in them that will get your facial hair follicles moving in the right direction.
A lack of folic acid can do a lot of terrible things to your body, including limiting its ability to properly grow hair on both your head and your face. Fortunately there is a plethora of foods that are rich in the substance, so if you feel like perhaps a folic acid imbalance is the cause to your lack of beard growth you can turn to these nutritious staples.
Asparagus is a vegetable that is not only dense in nutrients, but packed with folic acid as well. Just one cup of boiled asparagus (of course feel free to jazz it up with amazingness like bacon or balsamic reductions) contains approximately 65% of your recommended daily folic acid intake.
A lot of fruits contain folic acid as well, but fruits of the citrus variety will give you the most folic acid for your buck. One orange contains more than 10% of your recommended daily folic acid intake, and a glass of orange juice is likely to contain even more. Another nutrient to look for in your food that will help promote the healthy growth of your beard is the B complex vitamin biotin. The name biotin comes from the Greek word meaning “life” and is critical to naturally converting the foods you eat into the energy your body needs to do things like grow hair.
Eating raw, or at least less-processed, nuts like almonds and peanuts can give your body a healthy supply of biotin. In addition to nuts, biotin can also be found in whole grains, cereals, and even bananas.
Ensuring your body is getting enough of these two nutrients from the foods you choose to eat and drink is just one way you can encourage natural growth in your beard. So go ahead and order that extra mimosa during brunch, you’re doing your beard a favor because of it.