March is National Nutrition Month, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Its purpose is to spread awareness about the importance of good nutrition and healthy eating. Having a well-balanced diet affects your overall health, including your hearing health. While you are celebrating National Nutrition Month, be sure to add these 4 foods to your diet to boost your hearing health.
Fish, such as salmon and mackerel, is high in Omega 3 fatty acids. Studies have shown, these fatty acids found in fish are useful in preventing or delaying the development of age-related hearing loss by more than 40 percent. Additionally, these FA’s can contribute to better brain function, meaning signals between the brain and ears are relayed more effectively.
When most people think of the benefits of bananas, they think of potassium; but many do not know how potassium helps their hearing health. During the aging process, the levels of inner ear fluids tend to drop, contributing to presbycusis. Potassium helps regulate those fluids. Additionally, bananas contain generous amounts of magnesium. Magnesium, in conjunction with Vitamins A, C, and E, acts as a protective barrier to the hairs in the inner ear while exposed to loud noises.
Legumes, including beans, peas, and lentils are high in folate (folic acid). A study showed that participants who took folic acid supplements had a smaller decline in hearing low-frequency sounds over time. This can be attributed to folate’s function of providing good circulation, which helps the overall health of the hair in the inner ear.
Spinach has tons of health benefits including eye health, reducing blood pressure levels, and preventing cancer. But the benefits do not end there. Potassium, folate, and magnesium can all be found in this superfood.
Although hearing loss cannot be reversed, you can help prevent it. By adding these foods to your regular diet, you are taking control of the future of your hearing health. If you are in the South Florida area and have questions about your hearing health and hearing solutions, contact the experts at New Generation Hearing Centers.