Jun 21, 2012
Have you heard? You can reduce the risk of age-related hearing loss by consuming more antioxidant-rich foods.
A new study from Down Under suggests that people with the highest average intakes of carotenoid-rich vegetables and vitamin E-rich foods experienced achieved a 47% reduced risk of moderate or greater hearing loss, compared to people with the lowest average intakes. Increasing dietary vitamin E intakes alone were linked with a 14% reduction in hearing loss.
The study’s investigators believe that with aging, a rising level of free radical molecules may damage the inner portion of the ear associated with hearing. Antioxidants may counter this damage and reduce age-related hearing loss. During this 5-year study, vitamin A (as carotenoids) and E intakes were individually associated with reductions in the risk of hearing loss, but no significant associations were observed for dietary intakes of other antioxidants.
A previous study from the same Australian research team found that omega-3 fatty acids found in such fish as salmon, mackerel, sardines, and tuna could reduce hearing loss. Study participants who ate 2 or more servings of fish per week had a 42% reduced risk of developing age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) after two years compared with participants who ate less than 1 serving of fish per week.
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