Do you sometimes wonder if there is something more you can do to prevent hearing loss? Apart from the most obvious thing and that is to avoid excessive noise, wear appropriate ear protection, and not listen to excessive music, there are other ways how to save and protect your hearing. One of those ways to prevent hearing loss and protect your hearing is to eat food that is “healthy for hearing and ear.”
Prevent age-related hearing loss
Potassium-rich foods are very good in defeating hearing loss, particularly age-related hearing loss (presbycusis). Potassium plays a major role in the interaction of cells in the inner ear. Since the level of potassium drops as we age this can induce hearing problems. Fruits such as melons, apricots, bananas, and oranges have a lot of potassium and can prevent hearing loss. Studies have proved that, besides potassium, also low levels of folic acid are linked with hearing loss. Maintaining folic acid levels is also important to maintain a good mood. Foods rich in folic acid are beans, livers, and avocados.
Omega-3 fatty acids are healthy fats that are found in many types of food, and apart from protecting the cardiovascular system and reducing the inflammation of the tissues in the ears, they reduce age-related hearing loss. Foods such as beans, walnuts, olive oil, and fish are rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and can prevent hearing loss.
Greenery for better hearing
Green vegetables are the best food you can eat to prevent hearing loss. Spinach (and other leafy green) is full of folic acid and potassium. Green leafy vegetables are rich in magnesium, which is an important component for healthy hearing. Spinach is rich in zinc, strengthens the immune system and therefore stimulates the growth of healthy cells. Broccoli contains large amounts of vitamin C and E as well as folate.
Take your daily dose of vitamins and sun
Vitamins C, E, and D are very important for preventing hearing loss. Vitamins C and E are antioxidants that protect the ear, nerve, and blood cells from damage. Vitamin C helps to boost the immune system, and a strong immune system will help you become less vulnerable to dangerous ear infections – which is especially important for young children. Red peppers, kiwi, and broccoli are rich in vitamins C and E. Vitamin D is the very important component for healthy bones, including those small and tiny bones of your ears. However, vitamin D does not naturally appear in many foods. Mushrooms, salmon or sardines are some examples of the food rich in vitamin D. However, for intake of vitamin D you can sit on the sun, relax, ten and receive the daily dose of vitamin D.