A well balanced diet is good for both your body and your hearing research shows. We all know that Vitamin A is good for your eyes and there is another list of nutrients that your ears benefit from as well. Some of those nutrients are easily found in the food you probably already eat daily such as, oranges, carrots, broccoli, seafood, spinach, almonds, and the list doesn’t stop there. The nutrients that can protect your hearing are carotenoids, folate, zinc, and magnesium.
Wondering what exactly these nutrients do for your ears? Let’s take a better look at just how exactly these nutrients can help prevent hearing loss.
- Carotenoids, which are the pigments that make fruits or vegetables red, orange, or yellow, help protect your hearing by fighting against free radicals. Free radical molecules have been linked to damaging the inner ear, therefore actively eating foods that prevent them from harming you, helps keep your hearing loss safe! Foods in this group include carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, and grapefruit.
- Folate which is a B-Vitamin, can help improve blood flow, helps ensure that blood is flowing properly to your ears. Reduced blood flow to believed to damage the delicate inner ear, which is why eating foods that improve blood flow can help keep your hearing on track. You can find folate in many green and leafy vegetables such as spinach, romaine lettuce, and also beans!
- Zinc, which is a mineral, helps the body fight against colds and it also has antiviral properties. Researchers believe that these properties help fight against illness and are specifically able to help your body fight against viruses. Foods high in zinc are oysters, shrimp, beef, and spinach.
- Magnesium, another important mineral, helps your ears recover after exposure to loud noises and or after sudden onset hearing loss. Magnesium is crucial for muscle and nerve function, regulating blood pressure, and more. You can find magnesium in bananas, spinach, dark chocolate, and pumpkin seeds.
Just by adding some of these foods into your daily diet, or eating more of them, you can work to actively prevent hearing loss. While you are busy planning meals for the holidays, you can easily find a way to work these ingredients into the meals. Not only will you be eating healthy, but you will be helping your ears and other important parts of your body stay healthy and in great condition. If you have any other questions about hearing loss or how you can prevent hearing damage to your ears, you can easily contact us to schedule an appointment with one of our hearing care professionals.. You can also give us a call at one of our handful of locations throughout the San Francisco Bay area.