Saturday, June 26, 2010

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish Reduce Age-Related Hearing Loss Risk

I've been wondering lately how a person can protect themselves from age-related hearing loss.  
Growing up on the Canadian prairies, fish has never been a regular choice for our meals.  The following study provides insight:  

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Fish Reduce Age-Related Hearing Loss Risk
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Hearing loss, the most common sensory disorder, affects more than 36 million people in the United States.

In a recent study, researchers sought to identify modifiable risk factors that might prevent or slow the development of age-related hearing loss (presbycusis.) One of the examined associations was between dietary intakes of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) and fish and the risk of hearing loss.

Subjects included 2,956 people (50+ years old) who were already participants in The Blue Mountains Hearing Study. PUFA and fish intake data were collected and calculated using food frequency questionnaires.

Subjects who had 2 or more servings of fish per week compared with participants who had less than one serving of fish per week had a 42% reduced risk of developing hearing loss. People who ate between 1 and 2 servings of fish per week also experienced a reduced risk of hearing loss.

The results of this study show that the risk of age-related hearing loss can be significantly reduced through regular fish intake and adequate dietary omega-3 fatty acids.

Gopinath B, Flood VM, Rochtchina E, McMahon CM, Mitchell P. Consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and fish and risk of age-related hearing loss. 2010. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Published online ahead of print, doi: 10.3945/ajcn.2010.29370.

In addition to adding fish to our diets once or twice a week, we now add the Usana BiOmega fish oil capsules every day.   They provide advanced and guaranteed levels of EPA and DHA, two long-chain omega 3 fatty acids important for healthy brain function and sound cardiovascular health, two other concerns as we age.

BiOmega is fortified with vitamin D to supply an additional 200 IU per day of this important nutrient. 

Manufactured in a state-of-the-art facility, Usana's BiOmega is virtually free of contaminants (a worry with some fish) which are eliminated through a double-molecular distillation process that ensures the highest possible purity.  BiOmega is also free of trans-fatty acids.

This is a happy solution for prairie dwellers!

Deanna Waters   204-237-8250
Let me hear your comments, questions, additions. 

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