By Keith D. Bishop, Clinical Nutritionist, B.Sc. Pharmacy
October 14, 2009
Dietary folate and folic acid supplements reduced the risk of hearing loss in men by 20 per cent.
Researchers studied 51,529 male health professionals from 1986 to
2004. The study identified 3,559 cases of men with hearing loss. Men over the age of 60 with high folate
intake from foods and supplements had a 20 per cent decrease in risk of developing hearing loss.
Antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E and beta-carotene were not associated hearing loss prevention.
In 2007 researchers reported in the Annals of Internal Medicine that folic acid supplements delayed are-related
hearing loss in the low frequency range in a study of 728 men and women between the age of 50 and 70.
1. American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation (AAO-HNSF) Annual Meeting. “Vitamin Intake
and Risk of Hearing Loss in Men” Authors: J. Shargorodsky, G. Curhan, S. Curhan, R. Eavey.
2. Annals of Internal Medicine, 2007, Vol. 146, pp. 1-9
Natural Care Pearl
Dietary folate is found in leafy green vegetables, chick peas and lentils. Folic acid is a synthetic form of folate found in many supplements that may increase your risk
of colon cancer and other cancers. Try to avoid folic acid in supplements and choose supplements with natural
Folate or Folinic Acid.
The Intracellular FIA 5000 SpectraCell Analysis is the best way to test for nutrient levels in
your body and can guide your supplement program.
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