A sweet way to protect your hearing
Dark chocolate contains numerous antioxidant and high level of zinc, which boosts the immune system and prevents potential infections in the body.
Since ear infections can cause hearing loss, dark chocolate may help protect against ear infections and prevent from hearing loss
The relationship between cardiovascular health and hearing is strong and has been confirmed by a sizeable number of investigators.
Heart disease, hypertension, or any other restriction of blood supply to the peripheral and central auditory system can reflect itself in terms of audiometry, communication and can be progressive in nature.
Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content has also been shown to be good for the cardiovascular system. One observational study found that eating chocolate five or more times per week lowered the risk of cardiovascular disease by 57 percent. Since poor heart health is linked to hearing loss, anything to improve your cardiovascular system can be helpful to your hearing health.
Cheers to your ears
If you prefer to sip some wine over eating chocolate, you may still be doing something good for your hearing. It’s long been suggested that a glass of red wine per day can be part of a healthy lifestyle. Just like chocolate, the antioxidants in red wine can help protect against cardiovascular disease, and in turn, hearing loss. But drinking red wine may actually go a step further and prevent hearing loss more directly.
A compound found in the skin of red grapes, resveratrol, has been found to protect against noise-induced hearing loss, as well as cognitive decline. A 2013 study by the Henry Ford Hospital found that rats given resveratrol and exposed to loud noises recovered their hearing more quickly, and showed a reduced amount of hearing loss and cognitive decline, compared to those not given the substance.
Everything in moderation
While small indulgences in dark chocolate and red wine may be beneficial to your hearing and health, too much can be a bad thing. Chocolate is often high in sugar and fat, so eating large amounts can lead to serious health issues, and consuming too much alcohol can be dangerous for many reasons. However, in moderation, chocolate and wine can be a healthy part of your diet and good for your hearing.