If you hunt around on the internet, it’s easy to find articles about the health benefits of coffee. There are detractors as well, but it seems that doctors are generally in favor of the beverage. What you may not have realized is that some of coffee’s famed benefits can help you to grow a fuller, healthier beard.
1. Caffeine Increases Adrenaline
Caffeine increases levels of Epinephrine (adrenaline) in the blood. Adrenaline increases our capacity for more intense physical activity. It’s what helps mothers lift cars off trapped kids, and it’s what helps you throw another 20 pounds on the bar when you thought you were maxed.
Caffeine has been shown to improve physical performance by an average of 11-12%. As we have discussed before, increased levels of physical activity lead to an increased production of testosterone, and that’s the hormone that governs your beard’s growth. More is better, and caffeine can give you a healthy push toward more.
2. Caffeine Increases Heart Rate
Caffeine leads to an increase in heart rate. That’s why diet pills have so much of it. The increase in your heart rate may not have a major effect on testosterone production, but it will increase blood flow. Every time your blood deposits nutrients to your facial hair follicles, your beard hair gets just a tiny bit healthier. If your blood is circulating faster (something caffeine will do for you), your hair is getting those nutrients more frequently.
3. Coffee is Wicked High in Antioxidants
The science on antioxidants and their effects isn’t extremely firm, but many believe these free radical battling substances can have dozens of great effects on your health. Some claim antioxidants have positive effects on hair health, ranging from prevention of cracking and split ends to prevention of straight up baldness. Coffee is chock full of these little bastards. Some studies even show that coffee is the single biggest source of antioxidants in the western diet. If it’s true that they do promote healthy hair, then coffee is a great way to get them in you.
4. Coffee May Be Linked to Longer Life
Several big studies have linked coffee to a longer life. Several others have shown that coffee drinkers are less likely to contract a number of different diseases, and that’s clearly going to contribute to a longer life. These major studies, conducted over a period of 18-24 years, male coffee drinkers were shown to be 20% less likely to buy the farm, while women were shown to hvae a 26% lower mortality rate (most of them never grew beards though).
If you’re trying to grow a long beard, it helps to not be dead (posthumous hair growth is a myth). So pick up a cup or two every day; there’s a 1 in 5 shot it’ll keep you out of the grave, and well on your way to a sweet wizard beard.
There’s no magic potion for making your beard hair healthier or promote its growth. But science has shown that some things such as increased blood flow and the presence of testosterone can encourage growth, and coffee can help you acheive these things. Plus, it’s coffee. It’s awesome. You’re probably going to drink it anyway, right? So if it helps your beard out, all the better. Beard fierce, brothers!