Magnesium Offers Hope For Tinnitus Sufferers
Did you know that research has shown magnesium helps to protect the ears against noise induced hearing loss and may even help to reduce the symptoms of tinnitus? Most people with tinnitus suffer with some degree of hearing loss. Getting sufficient magnesium can help you to preserve your hearing, as well as reducing the intensity of tinnitus symptoms.
Tinnitus is an extremely common condition in older individuals. It is thought that 1 in 10 people suffer with long term tinnitus, whereas 1 in 3 will experience it at some point in their life. The ringing or buzzing sound can become so bad that it interferes with sleep and can lead to serious depression and withdrawal from life’s usual activities.
What causes tinnitus?
The following factors may be involved:
- History of exposure to loud noise.
- Various medications, especially prolonged or recurrent use.
- An interruption of the cerebral blood supply (stroke).
- Vascular tumors in the head and neck.
- Iron deficiency.
- Magnesium deficiency.
- Meniere's disease.
- Temporomandibular joint syndrome.
- Exposure to environmental toxins and heavy metals.
- Sinus and middle ear congestion and infection.
Magnesium is predominantly found in green leafy vegetables, nuts and seeds. It is quite difficult to obtain enough magnesium in your diet through food alone because many parts of the world have magnesium depleted soils. Chronic suboptimal intake of magnesium increases the risk of a variety of health issues including migraines, cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. People who have Crohn's disease, celiac disease, alcoholism, and type 2 diabetes are at risk for having inadequate magnesium levels. These conditions either impair nutrient absorption, increase magnesium requirements of the body, or deplete mineral stores, resulting in low magnesium levels.
Older people are more likely to suffer from low magnesium levels as well because magnesium absorption decreases with age and our kidneys excrete more of the mineral as we get older. Older adults are also more likely to have medical conditions or take medications that decrease levels of this mineral. Stomach acid-blocking drugs like Nexium can result in significant magnesium deficiency.
Magnesium is best known for its ability to calm and relax the nervous system and muscles of the body. Just about everyone feels better when they take a magnesium supplement; they generally sleep better and feel calmer during the day. If you work in a noisy environment or suffer with tinnitus, please make sure you’re getting enough magnesium to protect your ears.
The above statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease.