02/25/2013
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Red wine could protect against hearing loss

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Good news from the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit: drinking red wine may actually help prevent hearing loss. In animal studies, noise-related hearing loss was decreased if red wine or red grapes were consumed prior to listening to extended periods of loud noise. One of the chemicals in the grapes, resveratrol, has been found to have significant health benefits, including those associated with heart health, Alzheimer's prevention and preventing cognitive decline.

According to the study, nearly 20 percent of Americans suffer from hearing loss, often associated with aging. In addition to the obvious difficulty it brings to communication, it has also been associated with sleep problems and higher rates of heart disease. Unfortunately, only a small percentage of people suffering from hearing loss explore treatment options.

But it’s not a good idea to start guzzling red wine before loud concerts. First, consider that a number of other foods contain resveratrol, including white grapes, blueberries, peanut and other plants. Additionally, past studies exhibiting the benefits of resveratrol involved consuming large amounts of the chemical to gain significant benefits. In this study, rats were given 5 mg of resveratrol per kilogram of weight. For a 150-pound human, that equates to 568 bottles of wine per day.