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Can the Mineral Zinc Improve Hearing Loss?

Can the Mineral Zinc Improve Hearing Loss?

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  • New research shows zinc supplementation may enhance the hearing recovery in cases of idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss, also known as SSNHL
  • Patients with SSNHL who received zinc supplements along with corticosteroids had a significantly larger hearing gain, an increased percentage of recovery, and an increased rate of successful recovery compared with the control group, which received steroids only
  • Surveys suggest many are deficient in dietary zinc, but you have to be careful with zinc in supplement form because taking too much can interfere with your body's ability to absorb other minerals
  • Your diet is the best source of zinc; along with protein-rich foods like meats and fish, other good dietary sources of zinc include raw milk, raw cheese, beans, and yogurt or kefir made from raw milk

By Dr. Mercola

The mineral zinc has received some attention as of late because it appears to help fight the common cold when taken at the onset of symptoms.

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