Listen Up! Antioxidants May Aid Hearing


Aging is the most common cause of hearing loss. Thirty percent of folks over the age of sixty-five are afflicted, and those over seventy-five have a fifty percent chance of suffering from it. The effects of hearing loss can snowball into bigger problems like social isolation, a drop in cognitive functioning and depression, too.

There are several methods of preventing hearing loss. People who work industrial jobs should wearing noise-cancelling headphones or earbuds for protection, and other practical solutions like being sensible about how loudly you play your music in the car can also preserve your hearing. But now, it seems, researchers believe that antioxidants might prevent some hearing loss.

A study out of Yale and published in Antioxidants & Redox Signaling found that mice that lost a small mitochondrial protein developed hearing loss in much the same way that humans do.  The diseased mitochondria produced oxidative stress which damaged the ear’s ability to send messages to the brain, and little bits of mousy hearing were lost forever.  Or in other, better words.

From the Press Release:

The researchers found that hearing loss in their mouse model develops due to changes in mitochondria of the cochlea, a structure in the inner ear that transforms the sound to neural message sent to brain. They found that reactive oxygen species—potentially harmful molecules formed during mitochondrial respiration and produced in abundance by diseased mitochondria —are what trigger events leading to inability of cochlear tissues to process sound. Supplementation of young but not old mice with a common anti-oxidant, NAC (N-acetyl-cysteine), that neutralizes harmful reactive oxygen species prevented hearing loss.

Of course, they’ll need to test their hypothesis on humans, but so far so good, I hear.

The AIM Companies provides 30 mg of N-acetyl-cysteine in every 2-capsule serving of Proancynol 2000, alongside other potent antioxidants like green tea extract, rosemary extract and grape seed extract. Proancynol 2000 is great product for putting down free radicals and combating inflammation.

And don’t forget that B-vitamins, folate and iron have also been associated with the prevention of hearing loss. You’ll find plenty of those vitamins and minerals throughout The AIM Companies product line.

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The AIM Companies pioneered the use of plants—barley, carrots, and beets—as vehicles to deliver the body concentrated nutrition conveniently. Founded in 1982 in Nampa, Idaho, The AIM Companies has operations in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, providing AIM products to more than 30 countries around the world.

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