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6 Foods That May Positively Affect Hearing Health

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They say an apple a day keeps the doctor away—so how about an audiologist? While no single food can definitively directly impact your hearing health, studies suggest there are plenty of nutritious eating options that may play a role in keeping hearing loss at bay.

Here are six foods you should consider adding more of to your diet.

Spinach

Whether you like it in a salad or steamed, spinach happens to be rich in folic acid, a nutrient that spurs cell growth. Studies have shown that consuming healthy amounts of folic acids, whether via supplements or nutrient-rich foods such as spinach or broccoli, may help to slow hearing loss in the long run.

Cashews

If you’re on the hunt for hearing-health-friendly snack food, cashews could be a great choice. Since they are packed with zinc, cashews—similarly to foods such as almonds, peanuts, lentils or quinoa—can help boost your body’s ability to fight off infections. And since ear infections can significantly impact short- and long-term hearing abilities, zinc is a good nutrient to add a little more of into your diet.

Salmon

Whether seafood is your favorite or not, this is for certain—fish products, such as salmon, tuna and trout, contain significantly higher levels of omega-3 fats. This nutrient happens to have been found to correlate to a reduction in age-related hearing loss in some studies. Besides the many other benefits of adding more fish to your diet (i.e., Vitamin D), your omega-3 intake could help your long-term hearing health.

Artichokes

One piece of produce that packs a variety of useful nutrients is the artichoke, a vegetable that happens to be great when boiled or as part of a larger salad or dip. Artichokes are rich in magnesium, which is a mineral that has been shown to help to protect against hearing loss related to loud noises.

Pumpkin

Speaking of magnesium, another vitamin that can work in concert with this nutrient to help prevent noise-related loss is Vitamin A. Foods rich in this vitamin may help to reduce damage to the cells in your inner ear. Seek out foods such as pumpkin, carrots and peppers to supplement your Vitamin A intake.

Melons

One additional nutrient that can have an indirect effect on your hearing abilities is potassium, which is a mineral found in foods such as melons, potatoes, bananas and milk. Since your inner ear depends on fluid to interpret sound, potassium’s ability to regulate fluid in your body and its tissues may have a positive impact on your hearing health.

When it comes to adding more nutrient-rich foods to your diet, there are so many high-quality choices that may have varying levels of impact on your hearing health. Seek out these sorts of ingredients in your meals to help maximize your potential hearing retention well into your senior years.

*This is not health advice and you should consult a doctor to discuss how diet may impact your health.

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