Many, if not most of us, would choose to eat all the feel good food in the world if we could. Who wouldn't want to eat McDonald's, Chick-Fil-A, etc. on a daily basis? However, unless you've unlocked the secret to eating this without any drastic side effects, like many of us, you've maintained or attempted to have a good diet, and while doing so will definitely help in the long run, perhaps you've never thought about one other reason as to why maintaining a diet is such a good idea: your beard.
Like your hair, if you want your beard to be the envy of other men, it needs to be maintained, not only with products but your diet as well. Here's a quick lesson on beard science for everyone. The strands that make up your beard are made up of a tough protein called Keratin, that depending on it's state, will be rigid when thick and flexible when thin. Thus, you want to make sure that this stuff is kept in a healthy state, and your diet is one way to do this. So, what can you add to your diet in order to make sure your beard is being fed the best nutrients? If you're a seasoned veteran with beards, then you may already know this. However, if you're just beginning, or don't know, then allow us to reveal these "secrets".
Spinach is a great source of Vitamin C and E, which allows for the production of sebum. Sebum is a waxy substance that is typically found on your scalp and skin. The sebum that your skin produces allows for your beard to naturally moisturize itself. A lack of Sebum will lead to your beard feeling and looking dry, along with itchiness within that area.
Eggs are a great source in Biotin(Vitamin H), which is responsible in promoting hair growth. The yolk part of the egg especially, has a higher concentration of Biotin within it. However eating raw eggs may hinder the amount of Biotin you receive. A protein called avidin is present in all eggs, and this protein will bind with the Biotin, which prevents the Biotin from being able to be absorbed. Cooking it is what unbinds it, and allows the Biotin to be absorbed by our bodies.
Fish is an amazing source of protein, which in turn allows for more Keratin(protein that makes up your hair) to be created. As a result, this is great for promoting facial hair growth. Additionally, fish is a good source of Omega-3 which protects the cell membrane responsible for keeping your beard follicles in peak condition.
Who doesn't love carbs? While carbs have, to some extent, become synonymous with something you should try to avoid, in moderation, it can be great for your beard. Carbohydrates are needed when producing more testosterone and DHT(Dihydrotestosterone). These hormones are responsible for facial hair.
Raisins contain a mineral you may or not know helps your beard: Boron. Boron is typically found in mineral deposits around the world, but it's also found in many different types of foods. Raisins are one of these foods that also contains higher concentrations of Boron. In one study, taking 10mg of Boron everyday resulted in the volunteers having an increase in testosterone and DHT(Dihydrotestosterone).
Of course, this doesn't mean you have to go cold turkey with all your favorite foods, but moderation is key. Even with these foods listed, having too much of anything is not ideal. Nevertheless, we hope you were able to come away from this with newfound knowledge, and that you will go on to grow a monster beard.