Please note: Before embarking on any sort of diet change/diet plan, it is best to consult your primary physician/nutritionist. All facts mentioned in this post are a result of research and must not be considered as medical advice in any way. Beardo doesn’t standby the veracity of any nutritional claims about the food items mentioned in this post. This post is meant only for informative purposes and must be treated as just that.
You’ve doubtless heard the old saying, “you are what you eat.” Well so is your beard. Before you bust a capillary thinking about what that means, let us tell you. Your diet, as you probably know is responsible for your health and overall wellbeing. It is no different then for your hair and beard. So as you know, we at Bear
do are committed to the cause of awesome manly beards, so with a little digging around and a lot of science, we’re proud to bring to you a list of 7 superfoods that you should eat for beard growth.
Cinnamon is one hell of a good thing. Packed with antifungal, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, the humble ‘dal-cheeni’ as it is called locally; is one of those condiments you need to be taking in more of. So what cinnamon does is it increases the body’s heat quotient, which in turn increases circulation of oxygen rich blood to the hair roots, stimulating growth and keeping the beard thick and well nourished. Best had with honey and warm water, first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.
Unhusked, unsalted pumpkin seeds are a treasure trove of zinc. The mineral zinc is a powerful micronutrient that according to science is one of the most vital components of hair growth. The Indian diet is traditionally supposed to be deficient in zinc, but pumpkin seeds consumed on a regular basis can easily make up for that. Pumpkin seeds are easily available and are an inexpensive source of dietary zinc. Best consumed, dry, unhusked and whole, any time of the day.
One of our favourite leafy veggies, spinach in all its forms, from palak wali daal to the ubiquitous palak paneer are actually good for you. Spinach in all its forms is a powerhouse of Vitamin A, Folic Acid, Iron, Vitamin C and Beta Carotene. All of these powerhouse elements work to keep the skin, scalp and beard moist, healthy and full of vitality. Best consumed as a juice or a part of a smoothie.
Fine so bell pepper is a fancy way of saying capsicum or shimla mirch. But science has proven that capsaicin, the primary component of bell peppers, is an excellent heating agent, which much like cinnamon, increases the circulation to the roots of the hair and keeps it in good rejuvenative health. What’s more bell peppers are known to be rich in phytonutrients and elements that protect the body from cancers and carcinomas of various types. Best consumed in salads and as an accompaniment to sandwiches (with apple cider vinegar and olive oil)
An excellent source of starch and protein, sweet potatoes are an underappreciated tuber, in Indian cuisine. A much healthier alternative to fried potatoes, sweet potatoes, contain insane amounts of beta carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A, and it affects (quite directly) the production of new hair follicles and roots. Best consumed, roasted and with the skin.
Nuts are an excellent source of niacin, folic acid and biotin, the element directly responsible for the production of hair fibres. Here’s one nut that’s everyone’s favourite. Peanuts are an inexpensive, healthy snack and in every form, from peanut butter to unsalted whole peanuts are delicious as well. Please make sure though you don’t have a peanut allergy, in which case they may not be too good for you. Always consult your doctor before you choose peanuts as a snack (if you’re allergic). Best consumed as peanut butter, whole and roasted or boiled (avoid the salt though)
Finally a non-vegetarian option! Tuna is a fish that is one of nature’s most abundant source of Omega 3 fatty acid, an element that the body cannot produce, and needs for all its vital functions. Omega3 is responsible for the lustre of the skin and hair and consuming a good quantity of it will help stimulate production of new hair follicles. Best consumed fresh in curries or salads (cooked), tinned tuna (in olive oil) also makes an excellent chicken substitute!
So there you have it, food that is excellent for your beard. If you have a particular diet or food that you have found useful in helping beard and hair growth, feel free to let us know about it, either on social media or in the comments below. Until next time, stay cool stay stylish!