According to a few ‘dandruff radicals’ (as I like to call them), using vegetables is the best way to combat dandruff. That is nothing short of false. Although consuming more vegetables are good for your overall health, whether or not it will directly cure or prevent your dandruff is debatable. A well known dermatologist, Dr. Francis Iacobellis, says it best…
“Is diet a factor when it comes to dandruff? No, I think that’s a politically correct version observation of the 21st century, people want to bring diet in on every disease. There are cases, for example, when people have intestinal problems and they have malabsorptions of certain chemicals (zinc in particular), will give you a seborrheic dermatitis like rash on your scalp and on your body. Replenishing the zinc gets rid of the disease, but those people don’t have seborrheic dermatitis, they have a completely different disease.
There is also a theory about missing certain fish oils or other types of oils that are inherently part of the sebum secretion. The theory claims that if you have a diet deficient of those, you may have seborrheic dermatitis. That has not passed a double blind study to prove that. As of now, I would say a good diet is important but, how much of that effects the hair is really debatable.“
From what I’ve come across there really is no hard evidence that diet can quickly cure dandruff. Diet inherently effects everything in your body so obviously a good diet leads to good health. I agree with Dr. Iacobellis in saying that using diet as an excuse for everything has become a common notion and a simple fix for complex issues. Proper diet cannot cure all though. I have ate healthy my entire life and still suffer from dandruff symptoms during the winter months. Sure, I’ve learned several ways to prevent my dandruff to the point where it isn’t an issue of mine on a daily basis. But, would I say that diet is the reason? Not at all. I found the shampoo (coal tar based shampoos seem to work best for me) that works right for me and have stuck with it, along with abandoning some poor habits I had and picking up good ones.
Perhaps over time, a steady and healthy diet can eventually help dandruff. Crazy optimists have you try some crazy things though. For example, in this “beet cure” you boil the beets and strain them into a container. Afterward, you massage the “beet water” into your scalp and let your hair dry overnight with the beet juice in it. I don’t know about you but sleeping in beet juice sounds a little too much for me. I haven’t come across one sane dermatologist or doctor who would recommend sleeping in a beet cap to cure dandruff. And if that was the case, a bag of beets would be right next to Selsun Blue, Head & Shoulders and Denorex in every shampoo aisle.
I agree that desperate times do call for desperate measures. But make sure they are intelligent dermatologist-recommended measures. My best advice is to follow those who know a thing or two about dandruff and if it sounds too crazy to do, it’s probably because it is.