Hear, Hear for Magnesium and Antioxidants

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A study from the University of Michigan and the Seoul National University College of Medicine in Korea set out to identify if the intake of certain nutrients might affect a person’s risk for hearing loss. Data was gathered from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), from 2001-2004 that included 2,592 people between the ages of 20- and 69-years-old. Results showed that high intakes of magnesium and the antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamin C, were associated with improved hearing at both high and low frequencies. The researchers conclude that, “Dietary intakes of antioxidants and magnesium are associated with lower risk for hearing loss.”

Choi Y, Miller J, Tucker K, et al: Antioxidant vitamins and magnesium and the risk of hearing loss in the US general population. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 2014;99:148-155.

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