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8 Vitamins & Herbs That Ease Tinnitus: Evidence-Based Results

Are buzzing ears driving you mad?

Constant roaring that gets worse just when you need it to get better… Like when you lay in bed needing peace and sleep?

Have you been told that there is nothing that can be done for your tinnitus; that you just need to learn to live with it?

It is time to breathe a deep sigh of relief!

While the mainstream medical field often offers little hope for chronic sufferers, maybe just like you, there are natural, safe treatment options…

Garlic

Over countless centuries this well-loved culinary medicine has been used as a therapeutic agent. More recently, we’ve begun to understand how this humble herb can possibly have so many purported uses… Including possible respite from ringing ears.

How can garlic help tinnitus?

We now know that tinnitus results from faulty brain communication, not just from injured ears, so we must dive deep inside the human head to find answers…

Roaring ears are linked to a process called oxidative stress. In fact, The Journal of Audiology and Otology says that “Oxidative stress may be the key contributing factor to the pathogenesis of tinnitus…” (1)

What is oxidative stress?

It’s the physiological situation that results from having high free radical and low antioxidant levels are present (read here to find out more).

What does this have to do with tinnitus?

Higher blood concentrations of oxidative, free radical damage markers and lower levels of the anti-oxidants that nullify this oxidation have been found in the blood destined for the brains of tinnitus sufferers. (2)

Add to this Qingwei Ruan’s statement that, “Oxidative damage and chronic inflammation play important roles in the development of dysfunctional connections between the central cortex and the inner ear in hearing disorders” (3) and we start to see a pattern.

Oxidative stress can damage our grey matter (4) and is significantly linked to tinnitus, so to tackle the frustration of incessant ringing we must reduce our levels of inflammation and increase our available antioxidants.

This is where garlic comes in…

This pungent herb has strong antioxidant properties.

But it is more than this…

Garlic can prevent the underlying cardiovascular disease that can trigger tinnitus, decrease the diseases associated with cerebral aging (like tinnitus) and improve blood circulation. (5)

What does this mean?

This potent natural wonder provides a four-pronged approach to tinnitus relief.

Gingko Biloba

Gingko is the favorite remedy of many natural health professionals when a patient wants to quell whooshing, ringing ears. While its mechanisms of action aren’t entirely clear, it seems likely that its antioxidant properties and ability to alter neurotransmitter modulation may play a role. (6)

And while tinnitus can be caused by a number of different factors, the article Multicenter randomized double-blind drug vs. placebo study of the treatment of tinnitus with Ginkgo biloba extract offers wonderful news…

Gingko was found to offer relief no matter what the expected course of a sufferers condition was. (7)

Hawthorn berries

These berries are the beautiful red fruit that grows from the scraggy Hawthorn shrub. The small nutritional pocket rockets have anti-inflammatory properties that may ease tinnitus. They also contain similar compounds to those found within hibiscus flowers that have been shown to act as an antidepressant and so potentially offset the increased tinnitus symptoms experienced by those with mental health illness. (8)

Olive leaf

One of the wonderful advantages of natural remedies is that many contain the anti-inflammatory properties considered essential for tinnitus relief. As with the Hawthorn berry above and Uva Ursi below, olive leaf is also rich in these healing compounds. (9)

Uva Ursi

Used therapeutically for millennia, this short shrub is also called the Bearberry because of its reported popularity with the fur family that bears its name (pun intended!). Modern research show it is also rich in the antioxidants that may support tinnitus relief. (10)

Vitamin B12

Have you had your vitamin B12 levels checked recently?

It might be time as low levels of this key neurologically-important nutrient are linked with the presence of tinnitus. The authors of an article published in the journal Ghana Medical Journal believe that tinnitus could actually be an early sign of a vitamin B12 deficiency. (11)

The great news?

Vitamin B12 replacement therapy has been shown to provide much-needed respite! (12)

Vitamin C

Remember your Mom giving you vitamin C as a child to combat a cold? Me too!

How did it work?

This vitamin has antioxidant properties…

And it’s these that may assist in its tinnitus relief properties.

Plus, vitamin C can also ease the anxiety (13) and depression (14) so common in tinnitus. As these mental health issues can aggravate the experience and impact of ringing ears, this mustn’t be overlooked.

As an added bonus?

Vitamin C can also reduce inflammation (15) and so potentially work in conjunction with the next nutrient…

Zinc

The mineral, zinc, is crucial for more than 300 enzymatic processes in the body and brain (16) and can help ease the experience of tinnitus in a number of ways.

Let’s take a look…

Zinc may work by:

1) Protecting against the cognitive neurotoxicity we mentioned above (17)

2) Acting as an antioxidant (18)

3) Easing exacerbating factors like stress and depression (19)(20)

4) Treating the underlying causes of tinnitus, like cardiovascular disease (21) and the stress-triggered jaw issues caused by clenching (22)

 

If you’ve been struggling to find hope and relief from tinnitus, these natural and evidence-based remedies may bring much-needed tinnitus relief.

 

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