Folic Acid Deficiency and Hearing Loss

Published: October 13, 2012
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Age-related hearing loss is a common problem, occurring in over 28 million Americans. Two studies published in 2010 suggest an association between hearing loss and insufficient folic acid intake.

Studies

In the first study, 26,273 American men aged 40 to 74 years were monitored over 18 years. Having a folic acid intake in the top 20th percentile was associated with a 29% lower risk of developing age-associated hearing loss.

A second study looked at elderly Nigerians and discovered a similar association, with low folate acid intake being associated with age-associated hearing loss

Benefits of Folic Acid

Optimizing folic acid has been associated with numerous health benefits, including prevention of birth defects, Alzheimer's, heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke. Protecting your hearing can now be added to that list!

A good multivitamin powder contains high levels of folic acid as 1 of over 50 key nutrients. As a single drink multivitamin, it will help you maintain optimal health — easily and affordably.

References

A Prospective Study of Vitamin Intake and the Risk of Hearing Loss in Men. Shargorodsky J, Curhan SG, Eavey R, Curhan GC. Channing Laboratory, Department of Medicine, Boston, MA

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