If you're growing a beard, there is a good chance that you have struggled with growth, especially during the early stages. Either your beard grows too slowly or not at all. When this happens, you may be tempted to buy vitamins like Beardilizer or VitaBeard that promise to boost your beard growth. But do these vitamins do what they claim? Will they actually make your beard grow faster?
“There are no specific vitamins that grow hair,” Dr. Zoe Diana Draelos, a consulting professor of dermatology at the Duke University School of Medicine told The New York Times.
"While vitamin deficiencies, notably iron and vitamin D, can contribute to hair shedding, there just isn't data to support the efficacy of vitamin supplements, like biotin or Hairfinity," dermatologist Marie Leger, who practices dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Approximately 80 to 90 percent of her patients have tried biotin supplements in a failed attempt to restore hair loss before stepping into her office.
One of the problems with hair growth multivitamins is that there is no regulatory definition for what a multivitamin is, so a vitamin from one company can be completely different from another company’s version.
Rather than spending money on multivitamins and supplements, your best bet is to eat foods that are rich in the vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to encourage beard growth. That way, you get 100% of the vitamins and minerals you need along with much needed fiber and protein.
You may be thinking, "How am I supposed to get all of these vitamins in my diet?" Check out our video "9 Foods You Should Be Eating for Beard Growth" to learn more!