Got Bad Hearing? Eat Your Fish. (Or Take Your Omega 3 Supplements).
If you’ve got bad hearing studies are showing that Omega 3 supplementation may help
If you’ve read our website you’ll know that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids can benefit a wide range of health problems. But did you know that eating more essential fatty acids can benefit those with bad hearing?
Yes you read that right. 2 recent studies, one in Australia and one in Holland, have concluded that increasing your intake of the Omega 3 essential fatty acids over the course of your life may reduce the likelihood of people suffering from poor hearing.
It is not entirely clear why this would be so, however there is one theory suggesting that just like in other areas of our health, the positive effect of Omega 3 essential fatty acids in improving the circulation can also increase circulation in the ear, which can have an impact on the hearing.
The study in Holland measured the hearing of the participants in the study at both high and low frequencies and then asked the participants in the study to fill in a questionnaire about their diet. This questionnaire was used to assess the level of fish consumption of each participant.
And 3 years later the same people were again measured and their Omega 3 intake status examined, and the resultant conclusion was that those who were suffering the greatest hearing loss were those with the lowest consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids, in other words the lowest consumption of seafood.
In a study in Australia it was found that those with the highest consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids were roughly 10 percent less likely to suffer from hearing loss compared to those with the lowest Omega 3 intake. This study was conducted over 5 years.
The progression of hearing loss was roughly half for those who ate fish once or twice a week when compared to others who ate fish rarely.
Of course two studies do not prove that increasing your consumption of Omega 3 essential fatty acids reduces hearing loss, though it certainly suggests further study, in particular to assess the mechanism by which this may occur.
However it is entirely clear that there are a wide range of other health benefits, many of which are now fully substantiated, attached to increasing your intake of essential fatty acids. If those with bad hearing can also benefit then this is good news indeed.
Hearing, along with eyesight, is one of the most important senses. Lose your hearing and you’ve got some real issues to deal with. Whilst we’re not saying that taking more Omega 3 in your diet will necessarily prevent you from losing your hearing, it’s too early for that, it may certainly be one of the many possible health benefits that come from more Omega 3 fats in your diet.
A daily fish oil capsule, or two, will do your health a world of good. And if you have bad hearing you may also find some benefits to your hearing.
It never ceases to amaze us how science is gradually uncovering a wide range of health conditions which can be benefited by daily Omega 3 supplementation. Whilst many, if not all, warrant further study it now seems clear that virtually all of us should take our daily dose of fish oil, including those with, or at risk of, hearing loss.To find out more about Peter Click Here
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