The foods you eat impact your entire health profile. As for your hearing, certain nutritional properties have a positive effect on your hearing and can help to prevent hearing loss. Here are the minerals, vitamins and oils you should be adding to your diet to strengthen your hearing – and the best food sources to get them!
The fluid in your inner ear is responsible for activating the inner-ear hair cells that send impulses to the brain about what you’re hearing – so that you recognise sounds.
Potassium is a mineral that’s key for regulating the amount of fluid in your body tissues and in your blood – and because there’s fluid in the inner ear, potassium is important for your hearing.
Since the amount of potassium in our bodies tends to drop naturally as we age, it’s a good idea to serve your ears some potassium-rich foods to support your hearing.
The body needs folate to create new cells. But folate also contributes to good circulation, which is important for the hair cells in the inner ear (the ones we were talking about above). That’s how folate can support the functions of your inner ear.
Research suggests that folate can help fight off free radicals, too. That’s also good news for your hearing, because free radicals could reduce blood flow to the inner ear and damage the sensory cells – which are crucial for good hearing.
Magnesium may just protect your hearing from noise-related hearing loss.
Research by the University of Michigan Kresge Hearing Research Institute suggests that because magnesium can fight off free radicals produced by hearing loud noises, it contributes to protecting your inner-ear hair cells and thus your hearing.
Low levels of magnesium in your body, on the other hand, could shrink your inner-ear blood vessels.
Omega-3 is an important cornerstone for your entire system. It’s anti-inflammatory and anti-ageing, and it helps your brain functions – and, as it turns out, it may also just prevent hearing loss.
In fact, a study has found that it may reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss by a whopping 40%.
You’ve probably heard that calcium is important for your bones. Did you know that so is vitamin D?
In your middle ear there are three tiny bones that are crucial to your hearing. And without vitamin D, these bones could weaken, and that could potentially impact your hearing.
Vitamin D mainly metabolises when sunshine hits your skin – but often we don’t get enough sunshine.
Supplement your sunbathing with fish like salmon, canned tuna, herring, sardines or cod liver oil for more vitamin D.