Anti-dandruff hair oils and shampoos do their bit to save you from the embarrassment of sporting hair studded with dandruff, but these are not permanent solutions. The permanent remedy for dandruff lies within your body and is greatly influenced by what you eat or do not eat.
Limit your sugar intake, as sugar encourages dandruff inflammation. Other simple carbs also have this effect on the growth of these white itchy flakes on your hair. Intake of sugar and simple carbs causes abrupt insulin spikes which trigger hormonal actions that lead to secretion of excess oil by the scalp.
Gluten- free Foods
Foods such as wheat flour that contain gluten should be avoided by gluten intolerant persons, as it promotes the growth of dandruff. Gluten intolerance weakens the digestive system, especially intestinal health, the bad effect of which is reflected in skin and health problems of which dandruff is one.
Green papaya contains papain which helps in the digestion of proteins. Good protein digestion is one of the requisites of a healthy digestive system, which is one of the primary causes of a dandruff-free hair.
Ginger is known for its strong curative properties for digestive ailments. Ginger has compounds that digest proteins and fats well. The rhizome also has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. All these characteristics of ginger make it an ideal anti-dandruff food item.
Chickpea lovers will be thankful to this legume for its protective action against dandruff owing to its high vitamin B6 and zinc content. Chickpea is not only eaten but also applied externally on the scalp for combating the dandruff menace.
Sunflower seeds contain nutrients that improve your metabolism, as poor metabolic health is one of the primary causes of dandruff. It contains zinc, which controls the activity of the sebaceous glands, thereby reducing dandruff production. Further, it also contains vitamin B6 which facilitates better absorption of zinc. Vitamin B6 also has anti-dandruff properties individually.
Garlic contains allacin, which has antifungal properties that help in preventing dandruff growth. Onion and shallots are other herbs that contain allacin.
Wheatgerm contains vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) which cures dandruff. It is also a rich source of other B vitamins and zinc which prevent, discourage and cure the growth of dandruff on your hair.
Disloding dandruff flakes from your scalp are one of the many virtues of the nutritious apple. It contains malic acid and amalyse which help in removing these white particles from your head, as they work like natural exfoliators.
Oats have always topped the list of healthy diets to which you can add dandruff-free diets. This cereal contains zinc, which is one of the best anti-dandruff minerals.
Low Sugar Foods
Foods containing a high amount of sugar are found to encourage the prosperity of dandruff on the human scalp by allowing candida yeast to flourish on it. Hence, foods that contain high amounts of sugar should be avoided and the ones containing low amounts of it should be consumed. Other than encouraging the growth of the yeast, sugar also adversely affects the levels of vitamin C and E in the body. These vitamins prevent dandruff formation on your head due to their antioxidant actions.
Beans are a good source of the B complex vitamin pyridoxine which has strong antidandruff properties.
Asparagus is a rich source of a number of B vitamins. This vegetable, in the steamed form, is found to be highly beneficial in treating dandruff.
Sesame seeds are a rich source of zinc which plays a significant role in fighting dandruff in a couple of ways. It not only controls the activity of the sebaceous glands, but also contains an antifungal substance that restricts the prosperity of the Pityrosporum ovale fungus which is responsible for dandruff occurrence on the human head.
Carrots are a rich source of vitamin A which helps fight dandruff as this vitamin specifically protects the body from different types of infections, of which being a fungal infection, dandruff is one.
Beetroot consumed in the form of juice along with ginger juice will keep dandruff at bay, as it has a number of characteristics that help in these processes. Firstly, beetroot is a good source of vitamin A, which helps the body fight infections. This red vegetable helps maintain liver health by aiding in its detoxification process. Beetroot also contains glutamine, an amino acid that helps in the maintenance of intestinal health. The high amount of dietary fiber helps in clearing the bowels which keeps the digestive system clean. All these benefits prevent the formation of dandruff. You can combine beetroot with carrot for greater effectiveness.
Carob flour can be used in place of chocolate for persons who have dandruff due to chocolate intolerance issues, as the flour resembles chocolate in its taste and appearance. Moreover, carbo is rich in B vitamins and zinc which are anti-dandruff in nature.
You can consider radish salads or other preparations to combat the menace of the white specs on your hair. Radish improves the circulation of blood in the body thereby increasing the availability of B complex vitamins to each and every cell.
Raspberry, Banana and Flaxseed
A salad consisting of raspberries, bananas and flaxseeds is rich in anti-dandruff nutrients such as vitamin B6 and omega -3 fatty acids.
Spinach contains B vitamins and zinc, both of which have strong antidandruff properties.
Quinoa is anti-allergic in nature and hence it is suitable for persons suffering grain allergies, which is one of the potential reasons for dandruff.
Edible mushroom has plenty of zinc and B vitamins which are anti-dandruff in nature.
Buckwheat is ideal for persons who are allergic to foods, especially grains. Food allergies cause major disturbances in the digestive system due to which dandruff formation takes place. Buckwheat, being hypo allergic is an ideal choice for persons whose dandruff problem is linked with food allergies.
Leek is a delicious vegetable with allacin, which is known to combat dandruff owing to its antidandruff properties. Leek can be combined with other herbs containing allacin such as garlic for greater effectiveness.