Noise — it drives us nuts. It also damages our hearing. As we get older, we see the cumulative effect of the blare of loud music, screaming kids, and roar of traffic of a lifetime. However, there is hope! I read that magnesium, found in bananas, artichokes, broccoli, and potatoes, can help prevent noise-induced hearing loss.
One thing I’ve learned about online research, though — you have to make sure what you read is so! That’s a challenge, because on almost every subject there will be opposing opinion and “proofs.” I love it when I can find official scientific studies that back up what the sites are saying. And this is one that has several studies behind it. One study I found on Pub Med was done with soldiers in basic training in Israel. The course involved repeated exposure to noise. All the soldiers wore earplugs, but one group received 167 mg. of magnesium aspartate. The other group got a placebo.
The result? The magnesium group had less hearing damage. The amount of damage was directly correlated to the amount of magnesium in the red blood cells. Less magnesium — more hearing damage.
What can you do to prevent age-related hearing damage? Turn down the volume and eat a banana!
Eating to live and living for Christ,
Susan Jordan Brown
Here’s where I found the study