Sounding out the benefits of chocolate
Post on 23rd May 2019
Have you heard there’s a new study which suggests chocolate could protect middle-aged people from hearing loss?
It certainly sounds too good to be true but doctors in Seoul, South Korea, found the rate of hearing loss among people aged from 40 to 64 was much lower in those who ate chocolate than those who did not.
Their findings reported in the scientific journal Nutrients said that polyphenols found in cocoa have strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may protect against hearing damage.
In the study of 3,575 middle-aged men and women the rate of hearing loss in those who ate chocolate was 26.8 per cent, compared with 36 per cent in those who did not eat chocolate.
It’s probably wise to wait for more research before reaching for those chocolate treats though. Chocolate is high in sugar and fat so consuming large quantities would not be great for your general health.
We do know that it is worth doing everything you can to look after your hearing by, for example, protecting your ears against loud noise at work or at play.
If you are concerned about your hearing you will find friendly, professional advice at your local Scrivens branch. We recommend an annual hearing health check for anyone over 50 to identify any changes and see what action is needed.
We provide a free NHS hearing service for people who are eligible and have been referred by their GP.
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