But now a new study suggests that antioxidants also play a role in the treatment of hearing loss.
Conducted by researchers at the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Vanderbilt University, TN, the study examined the associations between total nutrient intakes and auditory function outcomes in an older human population.
Descriptive characteristics and dietary data from food frequency questionnaires were collected in a cross-sectional study design and analyzed for associations with auditory function outcomes. A total of 2,111 adults were recruited for the study, ranging in age from 49 to 99 years.
The research team found that higher carbohydrate, vitamin C, vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium, and lycopene intakes were all significantly associated with better hearing. Conversely, higher cholesterol, fat, and retinol intakes were significantly associated with lower hearing scores.
This is good news for those of you who are worried about losing some of your hearing. Hearing loss can affect your life in a number of ways. You may find it more difficult to participate in conversations, either on the phone or in person. You may not be able to follow instructions that someone gives, or sort out a disagreement if you can’t follow what the other person is saying.
Hearing problems can make you feel frustrated, upset, or withdrawn. Other people may misjudge your reactions and think that you are confused, or being deliberately difficult.
But going forward with the results of this study, all you need to do to protect your hearing (other than staying away from constant loud noise) is to include some sources of vitamin C, vitamin E, riboflavin, magnesium, and lycopene in your weekly diet.
To make it easy for you, here’s a list of seven healing foods for your hearing health:
– Berries, particularly blueberries
– Beans: kidney and pinto
– Crimini mushrooms
– Tomatoes, tomato sauce
– Apples: red delicious, granny smith
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