Conquer hearing loss at the dinner table
Listen up, ladies: If you want to protect your hearing as you get older, then cook up some fish tonight -- because seafood might hold the secret to making sure you never have to be fitted for a hearing aid.
All it takes is two servings a week.
Eat that much -- or more -- and your risk of hearing loss drops by 20 percent and you can delay the onset of the condition if you do eventually get it, according to a new study of more than 65,000 women tracked for nearly two decades.
The study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition doesn't show the specific reason for the benefit, but I'm sure it's the omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil. In fact, while all seafood seems to lower the risk of hearing loss, the study finds the biggest benefits come when you eat fish with the highest omega-3 levels.
Your ears are sensitive to even small changes in your circulation. Those healthy omega-3 fatty acids can help keep the blood flowing naturally, which is why they are so beneficial to everything that relies on good circulation, including vision, hearing and even heart function.
Of course, having fish for dinner several times a week is just one way to make sure you're getting those essential omega-3 fatty acids. But with the high price of quality fish and (more importantly) the increasing threat of mercury contamination in seafood, it's not always the best way to get it.
So along with safer seafood options such as wild-caught salmon, be sure to take a fish oil supplement every day. Stick to a quality blend from a maker you trust to ensure that it's been purified to remove mercury and other contaminants.