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Omega-3's May Combat Age-related Hearing Loss

Omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing age-related hearing loss according to a study conducted by researchers with the University of Sydney. They published their findings in the June 2010 issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

The researchers analyzed data from nearly 3,000 participants taking part in the Blue Mountains Hearing Study. Dietary intakes of fish and the omega-3's they contain were determined using a food frequency questionnaire.

The researchers found that people with higher intakes of fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids had a significant reduction in the risk of developing age-related hearing loss.

Consuming at least two servings of fish per week was associated with a 42% reduction in the risk of hearing loss for people over 50, compared to those who consumed less than one serving per week.

The researchers were quick to note that although these findings are very promising, further research is necessary to confirm the link between omega-3’s and hearing loss reduction.

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most widely consumed nutritional supplements. Much of this is due to the large body of research that has linked these essential fatty acids to reductions in cardiovascular disease, age-related vision loss and the risk of dementia.

You can increase your omega-3 intake by eating more oily fish such as salmon or mackerel. If you don't care for fish, a high quality fish oil supplement will work as well. Look for one that's certified for purity and potency so you can be sure it doesn't contain dangerous contaminants. Also be sure that the product will deliver at least 650mg of the most important omega-3s, EPA and DHA.

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