For centuries, people have used natural remedies to help with various ailments. Likewise, many believe that food-based supplements can help protect against hearing loss. But is it possible for food supplements to help protect your hearing?
This article discusses whether supplements can help protect you from hearing loss. Read on to find out!
The Importance of Good Nutrition to Protect your Hearing
We cannot understate the importance of looking after your hearing. Protecting your hearing when you’re in loud environments and staying on top of annual hearing assessments are a great first start. But there are other ways you can proactively look after your hearing.
There are foods that can promote better hearing health, and it doesn’t take much effort to add them to your diet. Here are some vitamins and minerals that can help protect our hearing:
- Magnesium protects the inner ear from noise damage. It helps block the activity of free radicals (cell-damaging molecules) produced due to loud noise.
- Vitamin C, E and A also prevent the production of free radicals in order to reduce the risk of inner ear damage.
- Vitamin D: There are a lot of tiny bones in our middle ear that weaken as we age. Vitamin D can help with bone health.
- Folate breaks down homocysteine (an amino acid that may block blood flow to the inner ear), preventing the risk of sensorineural hearing loss.
Can Food Supplements Help Protect Your Hearing?
A healthy diet and good hearing habits are essential to maintaining your hearing. But can food supplements help further protect against hearing loss?
Many people believe that a supplement is the answer to all their problems. Remember, it’s not a substitute for a healthy diet or for good hearing habits. Supplements may not improve your hearing, but they can help boost your overall health.
While it might seem like taking a supplement is the same as eating more vegetables, that’s not always true. “The best way to get nutrients is through food,” says Dr. Roshini Rajapaksa, M.D. “Supplements are a second line of defense.”
Whether you’re looking for an extra boost or want to make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs without having to spend hours cooking up fancy meals every night, supplements can be useful tools. They are not, however, magic pills that will instantly cure everything from hearing loss to heart disease.
Supplements may contain some of the same ingredients found in foods (like omega-3s), but they’re not necessarily packed with all the other components found in foods like fiber or water content, so people who take them should still eat well too.
While it’s true that food supplements may help to protect your hearing, we want you to know that there are no magic pills out there. Even those marketed as hearing supplements may not be the right choice for everyone or every situation. If you feel like trying one of these options, talk to your doctor first!
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