Fish oil may help reduce hearing loss risk

Most people don’t take hearing loss very seriously. They dismiss it as part of getting older. That’s a mistake.

Previously, I told you about researchers at Johns Hopkins who used MRI results and other medical data collected from an ongoing ageing study and found that participants who started out the study with poor hearing, lost a significant amount of brain tissue over 10 years compared with those who had normal hearing.

So, when your hearing fades it actually means that your brain shuts down the areas that support hearing. Even worse, this shutdown may lead to your brain shrinking. And while a little shrink is normal as we age, this kind of shrinkage is anything but normal.

Meanwhile, there’s trouble brewing on the “outside” too.

As anyone who’s had a temporary bout of hearing loss from an ear infection can testify, not being able to hear properly makes you feel cut off from others. When that hearing loss is permanent, it’s easy to become withdrawn and even depressed as you watch your social life shrink too.

All of this can swing open the door to dementia.

And mainstream medicine’s “solution” won’t come as a surprise. They’re working on developing hearing-loss drugs, of course.

In fact, the American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is on track to approve the first hearing loss drug as early as next year. As always, when you try to solve a natural problem with a synthetic molecule, trouble is sure to follow. Whatever minor gains the drugs may bring, they’re sure to come with some major side effects to boot.

Luckily, you can avoid this disaster because there are natural solutions that can help you ward off hearing loss, starting today.

Animal research has found that vitamins C and E, combined with magnesium, may help prevent both short-term and long-term memory loss.

Dr. Wright has had success in restoring hearing in elderly patients by increasing the levels of a hormone called aldosterone. When low levels of aldosterone are topped up with a bio-identical version of the hormone, hearing can return within just a few short weeks!

And then there’s one more supplement we can add to protecting your hearing and your brain.

When researchers looked at 18 years of records from the Nurses’ Health Study II, they found that women who ate an average of two or more servings of fish a week were 20 per cent less likely to suffer hearing loss compared to those who said they rarely ate fish.

And women who couldn’t get enough fish had it even better: the more they ate, the lower their risk plunged. Of course, the “magic” ingredients here are the remarkable omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA, which have also been shown to provide important protection for your brain.

However, there is one word of caution: Even though all kinds of fish were found to be beneficial, preparation made all the difference in the world. Not surprisingly, fried fish didn’t deliver the same omega-3 benefits that broiled or baked fish did. Frying destroys important nutrients and sends undesirable omega-6 levels climbing.

So when it comes to the link between hearing loss and dementia, you certainly don’t need to take a synthetic drug and suffer its side effects…

A few well-chosen vitamins — paired with a regular fish habit — could be the key to holding on to your hearing and your mind.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Fish, fatty acid consumption associated with lower risk of hearing loss in women, sciencedaily.com

Hearing Loss Linked to Accelerated Brain Tissue Loss, hopkinsmedicine.org

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