What Nutrients and Foods Can Help Support Healthy Hearing?

As youngsters, most of us were most likely advised to eat our carrots for better vision. Most likely you did not hear any comparable suggestions about which foods were beneficial to your ears and hearing. Now we can teach our little ones what things to eat for healthy hearing and ears, and also sensible for us to adhere to our own recommendations!Noise, age and infections are among the many reasons for hearing impairment. Specific nutrients in the foods mentioned in this article may help prevent or impede the progression of some common reasons for hearing loss.Musicians, machinery workers, and other professionals in contact with loud noises, are at a greater risk for ear damage. Those with a profession or pastime subjecting them to intense noise, can help take care of their hearing with potatoes, artichokes, bananas, or any other foods abundant in the mineral magnesium. Despite the fact that the precise mechanism is not known, human and animal studies have shown that magnesium helps defend against noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL).Surprisingly, research indicates that fish such as salmon and trout that possesses vitamin D and omega 3 fats, may reduce the incidence of age-related hearing problems. Other smart omega 3 fats and vitamin D choices are the anchovies on your pizza and the tuna fish probably sitting in your cupboard. Eaten two times per week, any of these may help you hear better in your later years.Contact with high decibel noise can stimulate the generation of harmful free radicals contributing to the demise of delicate inner ear hair cells, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Folic acid and antioxidants can minimize tissue damage from free radicals in the inner ear. Particular foods are particularly rich in folic acid and antioxidants – among them asparagus, nuts, eggs and spinach.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, grab some oysters on the half shell; any foods which contain zinc will work!Now we can help our children reduce future hearing damage with a couple of simple foods we most likely have in our kitchen. Simply add some of these suggestions to the grocery list next to carrots for good eye sight.

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