Antioxidants and Hearing Loss Benefits
A recent study at the University of Sydney in Australia has revealed that people who had increased amounts of antioxidants in their diet, like vitamin A and vitamin E, had a significantly lesser risk of loss of hearing.
In the study, people who had the highest intake of vitamin A showed a nearly 50% risk reduction of severe or moderate hearing loss, when compared with people that had low or average antioxidants in their diets.
People with the highest amounts of vitamin E in their diets also showed nearly 15% reduction in risk of hearing damage.
The study showed that reactive oxygen damages the inner ear, which affects hearing. Antioxidants seem to reduce or counter this damage.
Hearing loss currently affects over 36,000,000 people in the United States.
In a previous study by the same organization, essential fatty acids (omega-3), were also found to help or reduce hearing loss.
For the most recent study, data from nearly 3000 people was analyzed from people who were participating in study about hearing. The intake of antioxidants in each subject was assessed, including vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin C, lutein, lycopene, zeaxanthin and others over a period of 5 years.
Vitamin A and vitamin E were the antioxidants that showed a risk in reduction of hearing loss.