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 push some poorly formulated kitchen-sink multivitamin (like Beardilizer or Vitabeard) as potent beard pills, and then go on to claim that there aren’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 clear research to show it – but the people talking about beard health and growth, in general, are utterly clueless about what it 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 isn’t true.
Here are some cold hard facts;
- Male beard growth is stimulated in the follicles by testosterone, and linear growth is excited by an even powerful male hormone, DHT (which funnily enough is also the hormone associated with the scalp-hair loss).
- Aside from the beard growth hormones (testosterone and DHT) you also need certain micronutrients (vitamins and minerals) to 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 can either increase testosterone, increase DHT, or provide more nutrients to the follicle is a facial hair supplement. 95% of the people marketing stuff for beard growth don’t understand hormones, and still, think that beard and scalp-hair are the same things.
Now, on to the actual beard supplements, the ten scientifically proven compounds for increased testosterone, DHT, and follicular nutrition.
Table of Contents
1. Mucuna Pruriens
Mucuna Pruriens (velvet bean) is an Indian herbal supplement, used mostly by the pharmaceutical industry to relieve Parkinson’s Disease.
There are also some interesting hormonal benefits that come with Mucuna Pruriens supplementation.
You see, the herb contains high amounts of a 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 stimulate testosterone production.
In a rodent study, mucuna dose-dependently increased testosterone levels, same happened 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 human receptors to uptake male hormones, T and DHT.
(hint: when male hormones bind to the receptor sites in the 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.
2. Quality Multivitamin (Best Beard Supplement)
Micronutrient optimization is a no-brainer.
Your hair follicles use vitamins and minerals (micronutrients) as co-factors and building blocks to produce the actual facial hair.
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.
What kind of multivitamin to choose?
In reality, those are just expensive low-quality multivitamins with nothing special to offer when compared to ordinary grocery store multivitamins
(except that they have the “beard” in the title and they’re 3x more expensive).
For the same price as those two, you can get the highest quality multivitamin supplement on the market.
That’s why Beard Resource recommends Thorne Research 2 per Day Multi 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 boosting hormone).
increasing 5-a enzyme 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 tough to find sorghum extract as a supplement.
Best bang for your buck is to get Life Extension’s Tri-Sugar Shield supplement which contains 300mg’s of sorghum bran extract.
If you’ve ever lifted weights, the chances are that you already know what creatine is.
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.
Carnitine is often used for cognitive boost, as a bodybuilding supplement, and now as a beard pill too.
It works a bit differently to many other supplements on this list.
Instead of increasing testosterone or DHT levels (the beard growing hormones) it increases the density and activity of the human androgen receptors.
Androgen receptors are the exact receptor sites of the body where these great beard growing male hormones bind to.
Now the studies on this are clear.
Imagine that the receptors on your face are locks, which when opened by T or DHT, trigger beard growth.
For a similar type of carnitine as used in the studies, get L-Carnitine L-Tartrate powder and use 2-4 grams per day.
Yes, you can use nicotine as a supplement, preferably in the form of gum, instead of tobacco.
Why? In what World would this benefit beard growth?
Meaning 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 adverse effects of tobacco are caused by heavy metals and chemicals, not by the nicotine.
Ashwagandha is a herb commonly used in the Indian herbal medicine; Ayurveda.
It’s an adaptogen, a herb that promotes bodily homeostasis by balancing stress hormones and increasing testosterone production.
Ashwagandha’s hormone boosting effect has been seen in multiple human and animal studies.
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.
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
Safed Musli (Chlorophytum Borivilianum) is another herb from the Indian Ayurveda.
There aren’t many 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…
That’s what has been seen with Safed Musli.
It was nearly as potent as synthetic testosterone injections in causing androgenicity.
For that reason, there’s good evidence that it may be a potent supplement for beard growth.
You can pick up a bottle from Amazon.
9. Butea Superba
Butea Superba (Red Kwao Krua) is a herb from Thailand, mostly used as an aphrodisiac.
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 result in better linear beard growth too).
One 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 the levels back to normal.
If you’re looking for that crazy DHT boost to promote beard growth, butea might work.
Glycine is an amino acid, the purest protein of the human body to be exact.
Evidence on animals suggests that glycine can increase 5-a reductase enzyme and thus the conversion from testosterone to DHT.
Making glycine a supplement that should promote linear 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 an inhibitory neurotransmitter) promotes sleep quality and reduces the time it takes to fall asleep.
(the last point indirectly leads to higher testosterone production too).
The best and cheapest way to get high-quality glycine, is to dissolve 10-20 grams of gelatin to warm water and drink before bedtime.
Conclusion on Beard Supplements
DHT and testosterone are proven to increase beard growth rate, and there are many supplements proven to raise those two hormones.
Therefore what are those supplements?
Beard growth supplements.
They don’t magically turn you into a lumberjack, but over long time, when used in conjunction with other beard stimulating stuff (such as microneedling and minoxidil), you WILL see better beard density and linear facial hair growth.