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14-12-2017

Foods That Boost Hearing Health

We all grew up with our parents telling us to eat certain foods to make us strong. We were told some food like carrots give us good eyesight and broccoli will keep us healthy and smart. Even Popeye eats his spinach so he can be strong.  But we may have never heard of foods to improve our hearing. In fact, the few vegetables just mentioned are packed with the nutrients to prevent, improve, and recover hearing loss.

 

Understanding Hearing Loss

Aging is usually the cause of hearing loss, but this is not always the case. Some have hearing loss due to too much exposure to loud sounds which is quite common with people using headsets to listen to music. Some are due to nutritional imbalances that causes a degeneration of the mammalian hair cells. There are also instances of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (SSNHL) or a sudden, unexplained loss of hearing and tinnitus, which is identified by a ringing in the ears.

These may sound daunting, but they can be addressed with proper doctor consultation and a good diet to provide your body the right nutrients.

 

Try to eat foods with the following:

Vitamin A

This is always related to eyesight, but now it has been studied that Vitamin A can stimulate the recovery of mammalian hair cells and provides lower risk of hearing loss with age. Carrots are well-known for Vitamin A. Spinach, broccoli, kale and apricots are also rich in Vitamin A.

Astaxanthin

Astaxanthin is more potent than beta-carotene and can be found naturally in 2 kinds of sources which are the microalgae (Haematococcus pluvialis), and those that consume the algae, like salmon, shellfish and krill. Astaxanthin protects the body from oxidative damage and is also anti-inflammatory. Starting at 2mg a day is advisable. Check the labels on krill oil supplements to avoid overdose.

Folate
Taking in folate is necessary not just for hearing loss. It is a B vitamin that has been shown to prevent birth defects. Eating food rich in folic acid is highly recommended in order for our bodies to break down the vitamin properly. Spinach, broccoli, asparagus, avocado and lentil beans are good sources of folate.

Zinc
Zinc has anti-viral properties and immune-boosting properties. There are researches that show that zinc can help recover sudden hearing loss which can be caused by viral infections or inflammation. This is why zinc is beneficial for those who suffer SSNHL. Taking minerals like zinc should be well monitored as imbalances can cause problems. Some problems are caused by inabsorption of other minerals, such as vomiting, diarrhea, and etc. Recommended daily dosage of zinc varies. Men can have 11mg, women and children 9 to 13 years old can take 8 mg, children 4 to 8 years old can take 5 mg.

It’s better to have your zinc from protein-rich foods like grass-fed beef and seafood, and other dietary sources of zinc like pumpkin seeds, tahini (ground sesame seeds), cashews, almonds, and spinach. Liver and oysters are rich in zinc so adding them in good portions to your diet is encouraged.

Magnesium
This mineral helps with hearing sensitivities, prevent hearing loss and reduce tinnitus. Research showed that magnesium helps with the recovery of sudden hearing loss. Magnesium plays an important part on our body functions such as energy creation, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscle movements, and nervous system regulation. It is vital to have the right amount of magnesium intake. Foods like spinach, chard, brown rice, almonds, pumpkin seeds, figs, banana, and black beans are rich in magnesium.

While the intake of all of these nutrients can prevent or recover hearing loss, always consult an expert of the field. For further information and assistance on your or loved one’s hearing loss, contact Chicago Beltone at (888) 485-5452.