Protect against hearing loss with powerful one-two punch

August 20, 2012
Volume 2    |   Issue 65
Did you know hearing loss is the second most common disability in those over the age of 60? And did you know that hearing loss usually starts with the high-pitched frequencies? These are the frequencies that most women and children use when they talk. As a result, our ability to hear conversations dwindles. It’s very frustrating. But there may be a way to preserve our high frequency hearing.

A recent study looked at 126 healthy adults over the age of 60. They wanted to find out if the participants’ blood levels of melatonin and vitamin C had any correlation to hearing loss. What they found gives us a good idea of how to prevent hearing loss.

The researchers found that those with “normal hearing had an average plasma melatonin level of 18.3 mcg/L. While the individuals with reduced high-frequency hearing in the frequencies for speech had an average plasma melatonin level of 16.4 mcg/L. In the high frequencies, the average plasma melatonin was 17.7 mcg/L in the subjects with normal hearing and 13.1 mcg/L in the subjects with reduced high-frequency hearing.”

In other words, the higher their melatonin levels, the better their hearing. But melatonin wasn’t the only effective nutrient. According to the study, “Average plasma vitamin C levels were 1.2 mcg/L in the subjects with normal hearing and 1.0 mcg/L in the subjects with reduced high-frequency hearing.”

While the vitamin C wasn’t as dramatic, taken together these results are highly significant. It’s clear that melatonin and vitamin C together provide powerful protection against hearing loss, especially for the high-frequencies.

Whether you’re starting to notice some hearing loss or not, taking melatonin with vitamin C is crucial for protecting your hearing. Most doctors recommend taking 3 mg of melatonin before bedtime and up to 1,000 mg (to bowel tolerance) of vitamin C daily.

Your Insider for better health,

Steve Kroening

Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.


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