Optimal intake of certain dietary components could save your hearing down the road, according to a study from Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dietary intakes of carotenoids, folate, and vitamins A, C, and E were compared to self-reported hearing loss in 65,521 women from the Nurses’ Health Study during an 18 year period from 1991 to 2009. Results showed that as intakes of foods and/or supplements rich in beta carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, and folate increased, risk for hearing loss decreased by up to 12%. Interestingly, high vitamin C intake was linked with a high risk for hearing loss.
Curhan S, Stankovic K, Eavey R, et al: Carotenoids, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and folate and risk of self-reported hearing loss in women. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2015;102:S1167-S1175.