Foods that Help With Hearing Loss
September 17, 2019
How to maintain good hearing just by eating certain kinds of foods.
There are many excellent treatments available for hearing loss. However, most of them are reactive, things such as hearing aids and cochlear implants. The transformations these devices bring into people's lives are amazing but at the same time, maintaining your ear health organically should be the priority.
These are our top nutritional tips for promoting healthy hearing.
This therapeutic herb is known for promoting better cardiovascular functioning and better blood circulation. Coming from the Gingko tree of Asia, this wide leafed plant has been popular with the locals for hundreds of years. It is Ginko’s ability to improve blood circulation that helps with hearing and general ear health. It is also thought to help sufferers of cognitive diseases such as Alzheimer’s.
Recent scientific studies have discovered a connection between hearing loss and low levels of folic acid. Folic acid can be found in numerous foodstuffs, one of the most enjoyable ways to bring this into your diet is through dried spearmint. This can be added as a nice topping to a dessert or even stirred into a hot cup of tea. If spearmint is not your thing you can also find folic acid in avocados, leafy greens, beets, and beans.
As a nutrient, Zinc is great for strengthening the immune system. In turn, this will protect your ears against infections while also promoting healthy cell growth throughout your whole body. Zinc comes through a variety of different foods but is also found in dill. So make sure to use your dill freely and help improve your overall ear health.
Turmeric comes from the same family of plants as ginger, and like ginger has many antibacterial properties. It has been used as a cure for viral infections for as long as recorded history goes back. As well as promoting ear health, turmeric can also work against depression, high cholesterol, and PMS. Turmeric is high in potassium which has long been considered important for ear health. Potassium levels tend to drop as we age, which contributes to hearing loss.
Fish such as salmon, tuna, and trout are super-rich in omega 3 fats & vitamin D. Both of these are great for hearing health and can help prevent hearing loss. Eating fish at least twice a week can lower the risk of hearing loss by almost 50%. The reason fish is so helpful is that the omega 3 fats strengthen the blood vessels in the ear’s sensory system.
Eggs are a great source of antioxidants, especially with the amount of folic acid contained within them. As mentioned above with spearmint, folic acid can reduce the risk of hearing loss by up to 20%. Antioxidants reduce the number of free radicals which could cause the nerve tissue in your inner ears to be damaged. The good news is they are everywhere and can also be found in spinach, asparagus, beans, broccoli, liver, and nuts to name a few.
Bananas are great for a lot of reasons, they taste good, they give you energy and they even come with their own wrapping paper, but did you know they can also promote healthy hearing? The reason is that bananas contain magnesium - also found in potatoes, artichokes, and broccoli. Magnesium has too many health benefits to list here but as far as your ears are concerned, its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent greatly reduces the risk of ear infection.
Oranges, or any other fruit that is loaded with vitamins C&E, works wonders for your immune system. As a result, you bolster your ears against the chance of infection. Vitamin C also helps keep your body in balance by matching the amount of free radical molecules with antioxidants. This helps protect you against the kinds of diseases and infections that could prove seriously damaging to your ears.
As mortal creatures, we are all susceptible to problems with our senses and the ears are no different. One of the key things to remember is that the body is a holistic system, so a problem with the ears will lead to other problems if not treated. One recent study found a connection between hearing loss and dementia.
This is why we encourage these dietary suggestions to be implemented into your lifestyle. If your ears are working just fine then you might not see the need to pay them any special attention. However, a healthy lifestyle helps to prevent disease, as well as being good for its own sake.