Minerals are an important part of the daily diet for overall health. Each kind has its own specific effect, but essentially, they’re our body’s building blocks. From our teeth and bones to our cells and tissues to even being components of vitamins and hormones, they affect every part and function. These are the minerals that improve our hearing and the foods rich in them. Surprisingly, they’re a mix of our good, old favorites and some our mother always told us to eat, but we never learned to love. You might want to talk with your doctor if you really should hold off on those potatoes, but there’s no avoiding spinach now.
This mineral is specifically responsible for ensuring your body maintains the ideal level of fluid in the blood and body tissue. It includes the fluid in your inner ear. As we age, this particular fluid diminishes. As it continues, it develops into hearing loss, usually the kind called as presbycusis. It’s the gradual loss of hearing to high-pitched sounds, the most common type as it advances with age.
Foods: potatoes, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, oranges, bananas, melons, yogurt and low-fat milk
It’s almost a superpower for the ear, acting as protective barrier from loud noises for the inner ear, but only when partnered with Vitamins A, C and E. Free radicals resulting from those sounds are blocked from entering, preventing any damage in hearing. However, it doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any benefits on its own. Shrunken blood vessels in the ear are due to deficiency in magnesium, preventing the flow of oxygen.
Foods: potatoes, spinach, broccoli, tomatoes, bananas, artichokes, and fortified breakfast cereal.
Lack in folic acid has also been proven to lead to presbycusis or age-developed hearing loss. Folic acid helps the body generate new cells and promote good circulation. The mineral is used by the body to break down homocysteine which hinders blood circulation with inflammation. This helps keep the inner ear hairs healthy, resulting in good hearing.
Foods: spinach, broccoli, and organ meats or entrails
This should be a favorite and one of the most essential minerals because of its two functions: boosting our body’s immune system, and healing. Zinc is needed for the body’s fight against germs, which includes preventing ear infections, the common cold and cell growth. It’s responsible for the wounds healing. If you’re taking any antibiotics and diuretic, a drug which encourages urine flow, you may need to consult a doctor first before taking anything rich in zinc. This mineral hinders the body from absorbing the latter and certain types of antibiotics so they become less effective.
Foods: Think dark—beef, chicken and chocolate. Pork, peas, oysters and nuts like almonds, peanuts and cashews are also good sources.
Bonus: Omega 3 Fatty Acids
It’s not a mineral but paired with Vitamin D, these promote hearing health due to its anti-aging and anti-inflammatory qualities. Research claims that they can lower your chances of hearing loss by up to 40%. Not bad for a single type of body essential.
Food: Fish like tuna, salmon, and halibut, algae, krill, and nut oils.
All these vitamins and minerals in your diet will help to keep your ears and hearing system healthy, as well as the rest of your body! For more information on hearing health, contact Beltone Audiology at (888) 210-5846.