Being vegan (but wait! don’t leave!) I am a big fan of NutritionFacts.org. I saw a video on eating healthy to prevent age-related disease which mentioned the supplement lutein (and to a lesser extent ziaxanthin) as being not only key to staving off macular degeneration, but also dementia and its being good for hearing health.
Apparently, looking at the macula is a window into our brain. Measuring the thickness of this protective lutein layer on the macula is a key indicator as to age-related decline in the brain.
Even more intriguing, at 4:48 into the video, a study shows that lutein plays a key role in hearing health! The auditory system - like the rest of our body - is impacted by what we eat. Well, that was enough to send me up to Amazon.com to order a bottle of lutein. I will do some research to see if there are any downsides to this supplement, but given that it looks promising for vision, hearing and brain health, I’d like to add this to the few supplements I take regularly.
Has anyone else ever heard of a connection between lutein and auditory nerve health? Years ago, I was told to take “flushing” niacin and B-100 to try to keep my hearing from slipping off the slope. Given that I’ve slipped from 30 db to 85 db in about 50 years …well, I’m wishing I’d known more and eaten better DECADES ago.