Thankfully, humble reader, I am here to rescue you from scruffy sombreness. The secret to a better beard is right under your nose, and I don’t mean your moustache. The secret lies in vitamin B7, otherwise known as biotin.
Biotin helps with many useful bodily processes, such as metabolising fats and carbohydrates, and affecting amino acids involved in protein synthesis. Another, lesser-known benefit of it is its positive affects on hair and nail growth. People who increase their take of biotin usually notice the results after a few weeks, and it can help improve the look, feel, and strength of hair all over your body. It even helps keep our skin and nails healthy! And so, here are five ways biotin can help towards that beautiful bushy beard you’ve been begging for.
There are two types of hair: vellus and terminal. Vellus hairs are the small, light hairs you find all over your body, and are used to regulate body temperature. Terminal hairs are the thick, colourful hairs that make up beards and moustaches. Biotin helps convert vellus hairs into terminal hair, thereby resulting in a thicker, fuller beard.
2. STRONGER BEARDS
Biotin also helps with hair retention. A study conducted in 2015 found that the group of women that had supplemented their diet with biotin had much less shedding by the end of the trial than the control group. This goes to show that the man with more biotin will have a stronger, glossier beard for longer.
3. NATURAL BEARDS
An important enzyme, biotin is produced naturally by the body. However, you can complement it easily without resorting to pills or creams. Eggs, almonds, whole grains, dairy products, meat, and poultry are all high in biotin and healthier, more natural alternatives to pharmaceutical supplements, with better results.
4. FASTER BEARDS
Not only does biotin help strengthen hair; it also accelerates growth! In the same study as shown above, the results found those who had taken biotin displayed significant hair regrowth as opposed to the control group. Nails (as hardened hair cells) are also positively affected by an increase in biotin.
5. BETTER BEARDS
As you can see, biotin really can help, not just towards a better beard, but towards a better you. It helps with digestion, it helps produce healthier nails and skin, and most importantly for you, it helps produce a thicker, glossier, better beard faster. All that remains is for you to stroke it smugly as you listen to other people complain about theirs.