Foods That Promote Healthy Hearing
We have often heard that being cautious of loud noises, treating ear infections and ear hygiene are all crucial ways to prevent hearing loss. However, the foods that can improve hearing and prevent presbycusis (age related hearing loss) are rarely discussed. We have provided a list of minerals that help boost hearing health as well as the foods that contain them. While these minerals all serve to strengthen the health of our ears, they are certainly not the only contributors. Keep in mind though that consuming these foods regularly is not a justification to hear music at a mind numbingly loud volume!
Age related hearing loss can be the result of a myriad of reasons but low potassium levels in the body has shown to be a contributor. That is why it is imperative that we consume foods rich in potassium to improve fluid regulation, which is the role that this mineral plays in our ears. Our inner ear, for example, converts noises we hear into electrical impulses, which are then sent to the brain to be interpreted as sound. The inner ear contains fluid that is highly dependent on potassium, which is crucial to the production of the electrical impulses that are sent to the brain.
Luckily potassium is found in a wide range of foods! Here are a common few:
Zinc is another mineral that can aid in the prevention of presbycusis. It also helps ward off those unpleasant ear infections that are often caused by the common cold since its function is to improve our immune system.
Zinc can be found in:
- Cooked oysters
- Cooked lean beef
- Cooked chicken
- Cooked Beans
- Dark chocolate
This mineral gives the cells in our inner ear a protective coating that can shield our ears from harm caused by loud noises. Luckily most of the foods mentioned previously also contain magnesium, such as bananas, spinach and the best one: dark chocolate! Other foods that contain magnesium are:
- Whole grains
- Low-fat yogurt
Omega 3 Fats
Omega 3 plays several beneficial functions in our body, but in our ears it helps to strengthen its sensory system. Although presbycusis may seem inevitable, consuming minerals such as omega 3 can reduce the extent of hearing loss due to aging. If you are a person who consumes fish weekly, then you are on the right track! Other foods besides fish that are rich in omega 3 include:
- Flaxseed oil
- Dark leafy greens