We get our daily vitamins and nutrients from the food that we eat. At times, we may need a little extra help from food supplements. These substances are vital in making sure that we are strong and healthy. Which of the many substances must we pay special attention if we want to guarantee healthy hearing?
1. Omega 3
Did you know that Omega 3 can prevent hearing loss? That’s right! Aside from its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging powers, it helps prevent hearing loss by up to 40%. It is because this substance strengthens the blood vessels in our ear’s sensory system.
Our ear is divided into three parts: the outer, middle, and inner ear. They all have different functions. The inner ear is the part that translate the noises and sounds into impulses that is then translated by the brain into sound. The inner ear is very dependent on potassium. We need to maintain a healthy level of potassium in our body. Sadly, aging causes us to drop our potassium content.
Tired of having the common cold? With zinc, you are able to prevent that and also ear infections! It’s very helpful in boosting our immune system. It is because zinc produces T-cells or defender cells in the body that specifically target bacteria and viruses. Some studies show that zinc can also help treat tinnitus.
There are many vitamins that you may have heard of. There are, however, some specific vitamins that are vital for healthy hearing. We’ve listed them down below:
- Vitamin B-12
One must maintain a healthy level of B-12 in the body otherwise you are putting yourself at risk for many ear complications such as age-related hearing loss, noise-induced hearing loss, and tinnitus or hearing some sort of ringing in the ears.
- Vitamin E
Vitamin E, on the other hand, is great at providing a healthy circulation in our body. When circulation is not in the best state, blood flow to the inner ear is reduced or cut off which may cause the patient to experience tinnitus.
- Vitamin D
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones. And did you know that our ear, tiny as it is, has bones inside? These bones are the malleus, incus, and stapes. When we intake Vitamin D, these bones can benefit from it as well. With proper regulation of Vitamin D in our bone, we stray away from many bone complications such as osteopenia (bone loss) and otosclerosi (abnormal bone growth).
5. Folic acid
When one says “folic acid”, you should automatically link that term to “new cell growth” because that’s just what it’s best known for. Some studies show that a deficiency of folic acid can lead to presbycusis. Other studies link it to slowing down hearing loss. And just like vitamin E, folic acid helps in regulating a good circulation in the body.
You can think of magnesium as an armor that protects our ears from noise. It is a known fact that loud noises are very damaging to our ears. How is this so? Well, loud noises cause our ear to produce free radical molecules which can damage the very delicate inner ear hair cells. If these hair cells are damaged, transmission of sound to the brain is compromised. Luckily, magnesium is there to block these free radical molecules.
May this list of essential vitamins and nutrients help in making your hearing health in tiptop condition. Learn to always live healthy by taking a close look on what you eat and on your lifestyle. Always remember to consult first with your doctor about these substances. For hearing concerns, you may contact Active Hearing at (632) 523 0098.