Eat your carrots for excellent vision, is likely something most of us were told as young children. But how about foods that are healthy for hearing? Did anyone ever give you advice about those? Nowadays we can teach our children what things to eat for healthy hearing and ears, and also sensible for us to adhere to our own recommendations!
Age, infections and noise are some of the many causes of hearing problems. The following foods include nutrients that may help prevent some prevalent causes of hearing loss.
You know what? Dark chocolate is also ideal for your hearing health! Dark chocolate contains zinc, and zinc deficiencies have been related to age-related hearing loss. If you don’t like dark chocolate, try some oysters on the half shell; any foods that contain zinc will work!
Contact with loud noise can lead to the formation of harmful free radicals bringing about the death of inner ear hair cells, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Antioxidants and folic acid can reduce tissue damage from free radicals in the inner ear. For example, eggs, asparagus, spinach and nuts are some foods loaded with both folic acid and antioxidants.
Remarkably, studies have shown that fish such as trout and salmon that possesses vitamin D and omega 3 fats, prevent age-related hearing loss. Alternative good vitamin D and omega 3 sources are anchovies and those cans of tuna probably sitting in your cupboard. Any of these, consumed at least two times each week, have a good chance of helping you hear better later in life.
Musicians, machinery workers, and other professionals exposed to loud noises, are at a greater risk for hearing damage. Bananas, artichokes and potatoes are rich in magnesium and can help defend the hearing of people with a hobby or a profession subjecting them to loud noises. Although the precise mechanism is not known, human and animal clinical studies have shown that magnesium helps defend against noise-induced hearing loss.
Today, along with the urging to consume carrots for better vision, we can teach our kids and grandkids how to protect their ears from hearing loss by incorporating basic foods we most likely have in our kitchen.