One of the most common triggering factors of ear ringing or tinnitus is a vitamin and mineral deficiency. As long as this deficiency condition remains, it does not matter how you try to cure your ear problem, you will not succeed. The best way to combat vitamin and mineral deficiency-related tinnitus is by taking enough essential vitamin and mineral supplements. While some supplements may work, including healthy foods in your meals can help strengthen your stamina as well as help reduce hearing symptoms. Below are some recommended vitamins and minerals to take to treat tinnitus.
Zinc deficiency is thought to be one of the main causes of ear ringing. There may be close relationship to the fact that high concentrations of zinc are mostly found in the inner ear. One study revealed that one-third of people with tinnitus become free of tinnitus after taking a zinc supplement. Zinc can also be found in foods such as breakfast cereals, spinach, asparagus, Brazil nuts, prunes and collards. Poultry, beef, pork and king crab are also good source of zinc. Soybean products contain phytic acid, which interferes with the assimilation of zinc, so you also should avoid most soy-based foods except fermented soybean products such as tempeh, natto and miso.
2. Vitamins B complexes
Kelp, seaweed, and other sea vegetables contain high amounts of the vitamin B complex that are noted to reduce the incidence and intensity of tinnitus. Each type of B vitamin has a different function that contributes to overcoming ear ringing. Vitamins B1 and B9 stabilize the nervous system including the auditory nerves; vitamin B3 increases the circulation and decreases abnormal blood flow and turbulence in the inner ears; vitamin B6 treats nausea and depression; and enough vitamin B12 helps prevent tinnitus. Besides sea vegetables, salmon, trout, clams, and liver are the best sources for vitamin B12.
3. Coenzyme Q10
This vitamin-like compound is soluble in fat or oil. Coenzyme Q10, or also known as CoQ10, is a strong antioxidant which has been used for treating muscular dystrophy, migraine headaches, hypertension, and neurodegenerative diseases. While it is easy to obtain CoQ10 in the form of supplements, you can also find ample quantities in foods such as soybean oil, olive oil, rapeseed oil, sardines, avocado, pork and beef.
Resveratrol is another antioxidant found in red wine, berries (e.g., blueberries, mulberries and raspberries) and peanuts. This antioxidant prevents premature aging and cell damage, a property that makes this substance called “the fountain of youth” by some people. Resveratrol is also beneficial for treating memory loss as well as protecting inner ear from hearing loss.