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Best foods to eat for hearing health

Posted on Feb 25, 2015

Approximately one in every four Australians will suffer from some level of hearing loss by the year 20501, according to HearNet. With statistics like that, it's more important than ever to look after your hearing health, ensuring you are doing everything you can to prevent, treat and manage hearing issues.

Eating particular foods, for example, may reduce your likehood of hearing deterioration.

According to People Hearing Better, there are two important nutrients that may help maintain hearing2. These are folic acid (folate) and vitamin B124. Below are listed a few foods rich in these dietary essentials to add to your diet.

Vitamin B12

You'll find this essential naturally occurring nutrient in many animal products such as milk and dairy products, eggs, fish, red meat and poultry, according to the US National Institutes of Health3. For example, salmon, yoghurt, cheese, beef, clams, liver and ham all contain B123.

B12 can also be found in some fortified breakfast cereals, which is a good option for vegetarians.

Folic acid

Folic acid is another member of the vitamin B group and is responsible for good blood flow, which is an essential part of bringing nutrients to the ear capillaries2

You'll find folic acid in many sources, such as seeds and beans (including sunflower seeds, black beans and chickpeas), enriched breads and cereals, and minimally processed foods such as freshly squeezed juices2. Also look for any leafy greens such as spinach, cucumber, cabbage and cauliflower for extra folate2.

Many multivitamins also include folic acid, but talk to your doctor before including them in your diet.

1 HearNet. Hearing Loss: The Facts. Accessed November 19 2014. Can be accessed here: http://www.hearnet.org.au/preventing-hearing-loss/the-facts-on-preventing-hearing-loss/

2 People Hearing Better. Best Nutrition for Good Hearing. Accessed November 19 2014. Can be accessed here: http://phb.secondsensehearing.com/content/best-nutrition-good-hearing

3 National Institutes of Health. Vitamin B12. Accessed November 19 2014. Can be accessed here: http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-HealthProfessional/#h3

4 Age-related hearing loss, vitamin B-12, and folate in elderly women, The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Accessed February 23 2015. Can be accessed here: http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/69/3/564.short

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