Peanuts have a variety of benefits, including boosting your libido. But did you know that peanuts can also help your beard?
Are peanuts good for beard growth? Peanuts are good for beard growth as they boost the levels of beard growth hormone testosterone. Peanuts and groundnuts are also rich in minerals such as zinc, copper, vitamin E that helps with beard growth. Peanut oil will also keep your beard moisturized when used topically.
However, if you cannot grow a beard naturally, then peanuts will not do much towards helping you achieve your beard goals.
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Benefits of Peanuts for Beard Growth
The growth of beard is influenced by two main factors genes and androgens [testosterone and DHT].
When the two androgens bind to androgen receptors the growth of beard is stimulated.
While lack of enough testosterone in the body or DHT can hamper your beard growth potentials, rarely is lack of beard a cause of low testosterone levels. The sensitivity of androgen receptors to the androgens is normally the main cause of poor beard growth among most men, especially on the cheeks.
That said, if a person is diagnosed with low levels of testosterone, they will not be able to grow a full beard. In that case, boosting your levels of testosterone will potentially help you grow facial hair.
Peanuts are some of the best nuts for boosting testosterone, especially when combined with other natural ways of boosting testosterone such as taking zinc supplements, ashwagandha, creatine supplements, eggs, raisins, and so on.
Based on this Journal, research conducted on animals showed that consuming groundnuts also known as peanuts can help raise the levels of testosterone among male rats.
The testosterone boosting properties of groundnuts can be due to the minerals found in peanuts that have been proven to help boost testosterone on their own such as zinc.
Consuming peanuts or peanut butter can go a long way to helping you boost your levels of testosterone and boost beard growth.
Peanuts are also a good source of biotin, biotin plays a role in the production keratin a protein whose beard hairs are made of.
Peanut Oil for Beard
Peanut oil, also known as arachis oil, is derived from peanuts via different methods. The modes of extraction give peanut oil its characteristics.
Refined peanut oil: this type of arachis oil or groundnut oil is normally refined, deodorized, and bleached. As a result, all the allergens are reduced and is safe for those people who have peanut oil allergy. This type of arachis oil is the one commonly used for frying chickens or meat.
Cold pressed peanut oil: As the name suggests, peanuts are pressed via a low heat method to extract oil. As a result, this arachis oil has most of the natural ingredients of peanuts.
Gourmet peanut oil: This type of groundnut oil is unrefined and is normally roasted. It has a deeper flavor compared to refined oil.
Peanut oil blends: This type of peanut oil is a mixture of other similar nuts such as soybean oil and is also used for cooking.
The best peanut oil to use on your beard is either cold pressed peanut oil or refined peanut oil in case you have a peanut allergy.
If you use heat instruments to straighten your beard or blow driers when perming your beard, peanut oil will help. Applying peanut oil can help protect against heat damage since peanut oil has a high smoke point meaning it can withstand high heat about 437℉ (225℃).
Benefits of Peanut Oil for Beard Grooming
Keeping your beard moisturized is very imortant if you want to maintain its health and proper growth.
While most natural oils will moisturize your beard, some natural oils such as tea tree oil, rosemary oil, and amla oil are DHT blockers and may affect your beard negatively.
For an oil to be able to moisturize your beard it should either penetrate your beard cuticle or help seal the moisture in your beard.
Oils that have high levels of monounsaturated fats are the best for penetrating your beard cuticles such as avocado oil, coconut oil, grapeseed oil, olive oil, and almond oil. Polyunsaturated fats do not penetrate your beard hair well.
Luckily, applying peanut or arachis oil on your facial hair will help keep your beard moisturized as monounsaturated fats will penetrate your beard while polyunsaturated fats will seal in the moisture.
Keeping your beard moisturized will also help to maintain its softeness.
Peanut butter, groundnuts, or arachis oil are great for beard growth and grooming. However, you should be careful about the type of peanut oil you use in case you have a nuts allergy. Refined peanut oil is good for you in this case.
You can either eat peanuts as snacks or use peanut butter, or use peanut oil for frying chicken or meat. Either way, you will be able to reap the benefits of these nuts.