6 Nutrients Proven To Boost Hearing

Hearing loss is NOT inevitable, and it is never too late to benefit from these 6 healing foods 

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(Liivi Hess, Alternative Daily) Certain nutrients that have been proven to boost hearing.

Folate

Multiple studies link hearing loss to low levels of folate (vitamin B-9).

Foods-rich in folate include spinach, asparagus, beans, broccoli, eggs, liver and nuts.

Vitamin B-12

It’s thought that both folate and B12 deficiencies cause homocysteine levels in the body to elevate, which in turn restricts blood flow to the cochlea – the part of the ear that converts sound vibrations into electrical signals that then travel to the brain.

Vitamin B12 is naturally present in meat, fish, eggs, milk, and dairy products.

Omega-3 fatty acids

A study found those who had at least two servings per week of cold-water fish, which are high in omega-3s, had a 42 percent lower risk of developing age-related hearing loss than those who ate less than one serving of fish per week.

Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids include pastured eggs, flaxseed, walnuts and grass-fed beef and lamb, wild-caught salmon and sardines,

Vitamins A and E

Individuals with the highest intake of dietary vitamin A have a whopping 47 percent reduced risk of hearing loss, while those who ate the most vitamin E-rich foods had a still-respectable 14 percent lower likelihood of hearing loss.

Foods high in vitamin E include almonds, spinach, sweet potato, avocado, sunflower seeds, butternut squash and olive oil. Vitamin A-rich foods include beef liver, carrots, sweet potato, kale, spinach, broccoli, eggs and grass-fed butter.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is arguably the most important vitamin of all! Vitamin C is a water-soluble antioxidant that scavenges free radicals associated with noise-induced hearing loss.

Foods high in vitamin C include citrus fruits, papaya, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and dark leafy greens. Read the full story at Alternative Daily. 

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