Mindful eating habits are not just important for keeping a slim figure. Ear care and hearing health start with the choices we make at the table. I did some research and found 4 vitamins and minerals that can help preserve your hearing.
1) Magnesium and Vitamins A, C, and E:
Studies have shown that magnesium treatments reduce the occurrence of temporary and permanent hearing loss. Researchers believe that magnesium is effective at protecting the noise receptor cells from damaging free radicals.
Foods rich in magnesium: bananas, dark leafy greens, yogurt, avocados, and nuts
Vitamin A: carrots, apricots, cantaloupe
Vitamin C: brussels sprouts, citrus fruits, and kale
Vitamin E: sunflower seeds, almonds, and asparagus
2) Omega-3 Fatty Acids:
Daily-intake of foods rich in Omega-3 fatty acids can help delay the onset of age-related hearing loss. Some studies believe that the nutrient's effectiveness is linked to its ability to reduce plaque in the arteries, which improves blood flow and keeps the ear cells healthy and in tip-top condition.
Foods rich in Omega-3's: Seafood, chia seeds, and soybeans
The ear has been shown to have the highest amount of zinc found in the body, and a deficiency of the mineral may lead to increased hearing loss. Consuming more zinc has shown the ability to reduce tinnitus and slow down the hearing loss.
Foods rich in zinc: beef, spinach, kidney beans, egg yolks, and garlic
4) Folic Acid:
Audiologists have found that by consuming folic acid, the rate at which hearing-loss occurs decreases significantly. Your body uses folic acid, like Omega-3's, to encourage new cell growth, as well as improve circulation, both of which are necessary to keep the tiny hairs in the inner ear working well.
Foods rich in folic acid: orange, papaya, grapefruit, and grapes