I don’t know about you but I’m sick and tired of reading those low-quality articles about beard growth supplements.
Mostly they will just push some poorly formulated kitchen-sink multivitamin (like Beardilizer or Vitabeard) as potent beard pills, and then go on to claim that there really isn’t any other supplements that would work than vitamins.
Well, let me tell you something. There are dozens of proven supplements that can increase beard growth rate naturally – and very clear research to prove it – but the people talking about beard health and growth in general are utterly clueless about what it actually takes to trigger hair growth in the facial area.
First and foremost, the people saying bogus like: “there are no known beard growth supplements”, don’t often even understand how and what hormones trigger facial hair growth. In fact, they often think that its the same stuff as head hair. Which simply isn’t true.
Here’s some cold hard facts;
- Male beard growth is stimulated in the follicles by testosterone, and linear growth is stimulated by an even powerful male hormone, DHT (which funnily enough is also the hormone associated with scalp-hair loss).
- Aside from the beard growth hormones (testosterone and DHT) you also need certain micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to actually grow the hair from the follicles, which is why vitamins are often sold as beard pills.
- There are scientifically proven compounds that can increase testosterone and DHT levels naturally, and since the increased level of these hormones is directly correlated with increased beard growth rate, these are literally “beard supplements”.
- To make it extra clear. Anything that is able to either increase testosterone, increase DHT, or provide more nutrients to the follicle can be considered as a facial hair supplement. 95% of the people marketing stuff for beard growth just don’t understand hormones, and still think that beard and scalp-hair are the same thing.
Now, on to the actual beard supplements, the 10 scientifically proven compounds for increased testosterone, DHT, and follicular nutrition:
1. Mucuna Pruriens
…But there’s also some interesting hormonal benefits that come with mucuna pruriens supplementation. You see, the herb contains high amounts of compound called L-Dopa (levodopa), which converts quickly into the neurotransmitter; dopamine, in the body.
Now, this increased supply of dopamine has been proven in many studies to actually stimulate testosterone production. In a rodent study, mucuna dose-dependently increased testosterone levels, same was seen with birds (yes, birds), and lastly in two human studies (1,2) which both showed close to 40% increases in blood testosterone levels.
Now as you know from the above ramblings, testosterone (and its metabolite; DHT) are the very hormones that cause and stimulate beard growth…
…So what does that make mucuna then, if it can increase t by ~40%? A potent scientifically proven beard growth supplement of course.
And I’m not even done yet. Two further studies have found out that the L-Dopa in mucuna pruriens acts as an androgen receptor co-activator protein, enhancing the ability of the bodily receptors to uptake male hormones, T and DHT. (hint: when male hormones bind to the receptor sites in facial area, beard growth occurs).
Mucuna Pruriens is a potent testosterone booster and androgen receptor activator, thus one of the best of natural supplements to stimulate facial hair growth. You can get a high-quality extract from Amazon for less than $10.
2. High-Quality Multivitamin
…And your body also uses these same vitamins and minerals in the production of testosterone, which eventually reduces by the enzyme 5-a reductase to DHT.
So really, a multivitamin is a good beard growth promoting supplement. It doesn’t magically add hair to your face, but it’s a great way to make sure that your micronutrient levels are topped up and your body has all it needs to grow facial hair.
Now, what kind of multivitamin to choose?
…But in reality those are just expensive low-quality multivitamins with nothing special to offer when compared to normal grocery store multivitamins (expect that they have the “beard” in the title and they’re 3x more expensive).
For the same price as those two, you can actually get the highest quality multivitamin supplement on the market…
…And that’s why Beard Resource recommends that (Exos Elite Multivitamin) instead of over-priced low quality multis (Beardilizer or Vitabeard).
NOTE: Click here to read the full evidence-based post about specific vitamins and minerals necessary for proper beard growth.
Not much research exists about its effects, but one interesting study showed that sorghum extract was able to increase the levels of an enzyme 5-a reductase by 54%.
Why is this great for beard growth?
Well, 5-a reductase is the enzyme that converts testosterone (beard growing hormone) into DHT (a more potent beard growing hormone).
This is great for your linear beard growth. DHT is the king androgen, and it stimulates your facial growth extremely effectively.
The downfall is that it’s really hard to find sorghum extract as a supplement…
…Best bang for your buck is to actually get Life Extension’s Tri-Sugar Shield supplement which contains 300mg’s of sorghum bran extract.
It’s – after protein powders – the most popular supplement for promoting lean mass and strength gains, and there is an impressive library of evidence supporting its use.
Creatine is dirt-cheap, and a tub of creatine monohydrate goes well as a facial hair supplement even if you wouldn’t lift weights.
It works bit differently to many other supplements on this list. Instead of increasing testosterone or DHT levels (the beard growing hormones) it actually increases the density and activity of the human androgen receptors…
…These are the exact receptor sites of the body where these powerful beard growing male hormones bind to…
Now the studies on this are clear. It has been proven with human muscle biopsies that L-Carnitine L-Tartrate supplementation increases the density and activity of androgen receptors (AR), in tissue both for sedentary and exercising subjects.
Imagine that the receptors on your face are locks, which when opened by T or DHT, trigger beard growth. In this scenario, creatine would increase the amount of these potential locks and also make them attract more keys. 😉
For similar type of carnitine as used in the studies, get L-Carnitine L-Tartate powder and use 2-4 grams per day.
Yes, you can use nicotine as a supplement, preferably in the form of gum, instead of a tobacco.
Why? And in what World would this benefit beard growth?
This simply means that there will be more DHT available in the bloodstream to stimulate facial hair growth.
NOTE: I do not recommend anyone to smoke, but there’s nothing wrong in taking nicotine supplements, as the main negative effects of tobacco are caused by heavy metals and chemicals, not by the nicotine.
It’s an adaptogen, a herb that promotes bodily homeostasis by balancing stress hormones and increasing testosterone production.
This has been seen in multiple human and animal studies, but the most impressive result comes from a non-sponsored peer-reviewed human study with young men, where ashwagandha supplementation was able to raise the average testosterone levels from 630 ng/dL to 726 ng/dL…
…Which is very impressive from just a single herb. And as said many times before in this article, testosterone grows facial hair, therefore ashwagandha can be easily labeled as facial hair stimulant, beard pill, or whatever.
NOTE: The highest quality ashwagandha used in most of the studies is KSM-66 water-extract, that’s also what we at Beard Resource recommend.
8. Safed Musli
There isn’t much human studies available on the herb, but the animal studies conducted so far have shown that safed musli supplementation leads to androgenic effects.
As you might know, androgens are DHT and T, and androgenic effects are mostly considered as beard and body hair growth, increased testicular size, higher sperm counts and better libido…
And that’s what has been seen with safed musli. In fact it was nearly as potent as synthetic testosterone injections in causing androgenicity. For that reason there’s good evidence that it may be potent supplement for beard growth.
You can pick up a bottle at $19 from Amazon.
9. Butea Superba
Although it’s libido boosting benefits in humans haven’t been well proven, it’s possible effect at increasing androgenic effects and raising DHT have been shown in few studies (this would obviously result in better linear beard growth too).
…And this weird case-study shows how a man took butea superba, which raised his DHT levels 158% above the medical reference ranges. Discontinuation of the herb lowered them back to normal.
If you’re looking for that crazy DHT boost to promote beard growth, butea might work.
Evidence on animals suggests that glycine can increase 5-a reductase enzyme and thus the conversion from testosterone to DHT. This makes it a supplement that should promote lineard facial hair growth.
There are other benefits to glycine too, such as three (1, 2, 3) well-done human studies which show clearly how glycine (as a inhibitory neurotransmitter) promotes sleep quality and reduces the time it takes to fall asleep…
The best and cheapest way to get high quality glycine, is to actually dissolve 10-20 grams of gelatin to warm water and drink before bed time.
DHT and testosterone are proven to increase beard growth rate, and there are many supplements proven to increase those two hormones…
…Therefore what are those supplements? Beard growth supplements obviously.
They don’t magically turn you into a lumberjack, but over long time, when used in conjuction with other beard stimulating stuff (such as microneedling and minoxidil), you WILL see better beard density and linear facial hair growth.