Prevent Hearing Loss with These 3 Foods
Have you heard? You can reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss by consuming more sweet potatoes, salmon, and almonds.
Australian research has shown that key nutrients in these foods may help reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss.
Yummy for Your Ears
In a study, people with the highest average intakes of carotenoid-rich vegetables -- like sweet potatoes -- and vitamin E-rich foods -- like almonds -- experienced a 47 percent reduced risk of moderate or greater hearing loss compared with the people who had the lowest average intakes of these nutrients. And in another study from the same research team, people who ate a couple of servings per week of omega-3-rich fish -- like salmon – experienced hearing protection as well. After 2 years, the fish lovers had a 42 percent lower risk of developing age-related hearing loss compared with the participants who ate much less fish. (Related: Check out these seven steps to turning your grandkid into a healthy eater.)
Free Radical Phenomenon
As we age, a rising level of free radical molecules may damage the inner portion of the ear associated with hearing. But antioxidant nutrients like carotenoids and vitamin E may help fight that dynamic. And there may be something about the anti-inflammatory qualities of omega-3s that helps prevent hearing loss, as well. (Related: Did you know? Anti-inflammatory foods may help make your joints comfier, too.)