Eat more carrots for good eyesight, is probably something most of us were told as children. But, did anybody ever propose foods good for your hearing? Probably not. Now we can tell our kids what to eat for healthy ears and hearing, and also wise for us to follow our own advice!
Loss of hearing can be caused by many things including age, infections and noise. Vitamins and nutrients that can help prevent or impede some common causes of hearing loss are found within the foods presented below.
Workers at a high risk for ear damage include music artists, construction workers, and other people in contact with loud noises. Bananas, potatoes and artichokes are rich in the mineral magnesium and can help defend the hearing of individuals with a pastime or an occupation subjecting them to extreme noises. Research studies have demonstrated that foods rich in magnesium help protect against noise-induced hearing loss. The mechanism for this is not known, but the end result has been found in animals and humans.
The vitamin D and omega 3 fats found in some fish, including salmon and trout, have been shown reduce age-related hearing loss in scientific studies.. Alternative smart choices for fish containing vitamin D and omega 3 fats include the tuna fish most likely sitting in your cupboard and the anchovies that many of us hold from our pizza. Any of these, eaten at least twice per week, can help you hear better in your later years.
Exposure to loud noise can lead to the formation of destructive free radicals bringing about the death of delicate inner ear hair cells, according to The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). Folic acid and antioxidants can control free radical damage in the inner ear. Some foods rich in folic acid and antioxidants are asparagus, eggs, nuts and spinach.
The good news is that even some foods we regard as sweets, such as dark chocolate, are good for hearing health. The zinc contained in dark chocolate helps prevent zinc deficiencies which are connected to age-related hearing loss. If you don’t enjoy dark chocolate, try some oysters; any foods which contain zinc will work!
Along with encouraging our kids to eat carrots for better eye sight, now we can help them safeguard their hearing and decrease possible hearing problems with specific food suggestions.