Leafy Greens can ward off Deafness

by Metreye

Green leafy vegetables are loaded with Folic acid, a B group vitamin that reduces the risk of age related hearing loss.

Most of us find green leafy vegetables tasteless and unpalatable. But they are storehouses of antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Folic acid found in abundance in leafy greens, reduces levels of a toxic amino acid Homocysteine in our body and delays the onset of deafness associated with aging (presbyacusis).

What is Presbyacusis ?

   Age related hearing loss or presbyacusis is a progressive disease with gradually increasing deafness of both ears beginning for high frequency sounds. Men are affected more than women with this condition that accompanies the normal aging process.

   Most people notice a loss of speech discrimination that is especially pronounced in noisy surroundings. This condition traces its roots in our genes, but noise trauma from industrial machines, weapons and excessively loud music also contribute to it.

   Around 25% of people between the ages of 65 and 75 years and almost 50% of those over 75 years experience hearing difficulty.

Brussel's Sprouts are high in folate content

Brussel's sprouts
Brussel's sprouts

Causes of Age Related Deafness

  • Heredity - This problem runs in families.
  • Hardening of arteries or Atherosclerosis - It diminishes the vascularity of cochlea, the hearing apparatus, and also reduces oxygen supply to the ear causing degeneration of the inner ear.
  • Diet - Increased intake of saturated fats accelerates arterial hardening and leads to hearing loss.
  • Smoking - This also accelerates hardening of blood vessels that supply the inner ear.
  • High Blood Pressure - It leads to thickening of blood vessel walls that in turn reduces blood supply to the ear.
  • Ototoxic medicines - Certain medications like aspirin cause damage to the hearing apparatus and hasten the onset of deafness.

Green Vegetables are rich sources of B vitamins

TAB III, Album I

Increased intake of Folates delays the onset of Presbyacusis

   Low blood levels of vitamins of the B-complex group, notably folate or vitamin-B9, contribute to an increased risk of age related hearing loss.

   Homocysteine, a non-protein alpha amino acid produced from methionine, is believed to be the culprit behind presbyacusis. Normally homocysteine is an intermediate in methionine metabolism and either gets recycled back to it or gets converted to another amino acid cysteine (amino acids are the building blocks of proteins) with the aid of B- vitamins. Elevated homocysteine concentration in the blood that occurs with dietary deficiencies of folic acid, vitamin-B6 and vitamin-B12, may adversely affect blood flow to the cochlea (spiral acvity of inner ear) leading to age related deafness.

   Folic acid lowers homocysteine levels in the blood, reduces inflammation and prevents or postpones presbyacusis.

Green vegetables reduce levels of homocysteine thus reducing inflammation and improving blood supply of the inner ear

Green Vegetables

Avocado is a natural source of folic acid

Half an Avocado with a Fork

Dietary sources of Folic Acid

   Folic acid or vitamin-B9 is essential for the synthesis of nucleic acids (which constitute chromosomes). It is also needed for normal development of blood vessels and bone marrow and for certain metabolic reactions in our body.

   Our body does not have the ability to synthesize folic acid so it has to be supplied in the diet.It occurs in two forms in nature - free and bound forms. The free form is rapidly absorbed from the upper part of small intestines.

   The name folate comes from the Latin word folia (=leaf) as green leafy vegetables (especially spinach and cauliflower) are rich sources of folic acid. Avocado, liver, yeast, asparagus, and brussel's sprouts are also loaded with folate and other B-vitamins. It is also found in lima beans, fortified whole grain cereals, nuts, fruits, eggs, milk and dairy products.

   Recommended Daily Intake of Folic acid in normal adults is 400 micro grams/day.

   Overcooking destroys much of folic acid and contributes to its deficiency. Its dietary deficiency can lead to diarrhea, anemia with shortness of breath, nerve damage with weakness and numbness of limbs.

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Other Benefits of Folic Acid Supplementation

  • Reduces risk of pregnancy related complications like placental abruption and pre ecclampsia that can occur due to raised homocysteine levels in the blood.
  • Reduces risk of birth defects in children.
  • Reduces risk of heart diseases and stroke.
  • Decreases risk of colorectal cancers.
Updated: 03/02/2016, Metreye
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DerdriuMarriner on 05/19/2017

Metreye, What do you do if your liver cannot process vitamin K, such as those whose blood thickness or thinness used to need to be controlled by Coumarin?

blackspanielgallery on 07/01/2015

I like green vegetables. This is good news for those of us who do.

Metreye on 01/18/2015

Indeed green veggies are a storehouse of nutrients. Thanks for the read WriterArtist.

WriterArtist on 01/12/2015

This information is great, in addition to what I have heard so far. I love green leafy vegetables and hearing that they can ward off deafness, I am surprised how effective they are against so many diseases.

frankbeswick on 11/22/2014

Ototoxic medication: aspirin! Oh dear. I am on a mild daily dose of aspirin to keep cholesterol down. I overlooked this point in your article. This is important information.

Metreye on 11/22/2014

Thank you for the welcome.

Metreye on 11/22/2014

That's great information frankbeswick. I would try to look for it in India.

Mira on 11/21/2014

I didn't know aspirin was ototoxic. Also didn't give much thought to high blood pressure and age-related deafness. Thank you for this article. Welcome to Wizzley!

frankbeswick on 11/21/2014

I do not know whether this product is sold in India, where you are based, but to enrich your soil with minerals, some people are now using rock dust. This is ground granite, and it is very good for adding minerals to your soil, and these are taken up by the vegetables to make more nourishing crops. Besides rock dust, any seaweed, be it in raw, meal, or liquid form, is very useful for adding minerals. But do not add this sort of material before heavy rains, like monsoon, as it may be washed out. Add a good amount of organic material to your soil, as this will hold minerals and water. If you do this you will get nourishing vegetables full of trace elements and vitamins.

I have a soup maker, so that any vegetable can be used for various kinds of vegetable soup.

Metreye on 11/21/2014

Very True frankbeswick. It is a great pleasure to be a part of the Wizzley community. Thank you.

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