Diet for Tinnitus - Pharmacists Recommend Foods to Avoid and Foods to Eat

Most educated individuals know that the type of foods they eat can affect their overall health.

A diet loaded with saturated fats, salt and sugar is known to cause health problems like high blood pressure and heart disease.

Some people experience improvements in the symptoms of tinnitus by changing the types of foods they eat.

Read on to find out which types of foods to eat more of and which types to avoid...

Foods to avoid in tinnitus

Here is a detailed list of foods you should avoid (or at least cut back on) if you suffer from tinnitus. Eliminate one food type at a time to see if it helps give you relief from tinnitus symptoms.

Reduce salt intake. Too much salt causes fluid to accumulate in your system, including in the inner ear. Moreover, it can elevate blood pressure as well.

Cut back on alcohol and caffeinated drinks. They can make the symptoms worse.

Avoid using artificial sweeteners. The most widely used one is aspartame. Some people using aspartame have reported that it seems to worsen tinnitus. If you are considering using a low-calorie sweetener, consider stevia instead.

Eliminate milk and dairy products for two to three weeks to see if it helps. Dairy products are known to induce the formation of mucus. This may plug the ears and sinus cavities and further worsen tinnitus.

Smoking has a negative effect on blood flow; it reduces it. This can reduce blood flow to the inner ear.

Eliminate deep-fried foods and saturated fats. Hydrogenated fats need to be cut back.

Avoid yeast products. It is often used in breads. Eating excessive yeast-containing foods can worsen tinnitus.

Cut back on refined sugar. Sugar raises and lowers blood sugar levels quickly and these swings can lead to tinnitus.

Avoid foods containing MSG (monosodium glutamate). It is a commonly used food additive for enhancing flavor. Our body breaks it down to glutamate, a neurotransmitter that can excite nerve cells and this may lead to tinnitus.

Foods to eat more for tinnitus relief

In addition to avoiding certains foods, there are some foods that have been reported to help some people reducing their tinnitus symptoms.

These are worth trying for sometime to see if they can make a difference.

Notice that most of these choices lead to a healthier lifestyle in general.

So, even if they don't directly improve tinnitus symptoms, it may be still worthwhile to follow these suggestions.

Choose low-fat foods. If you love to drink milk or eat dairy products, select the low-fat alternative (e.g. slimmed milk). Organic rice milk is a good alternative and can replace cow's milk.

Eat more of fruits and vegetables. They are a rich source of antioxidants that can promote the health of blood vessels. This will ensure that the blood flow to the inner ears is not compromised.

Garlic and onions are cleansing herbs. Moreover, garlic can improve poor circulation and boost blood flow to the inner ear to help treat tinnitus caused by poor circulation.

Want an alternative to cream which is high in fats? How about using low-fat yogurt instead? Not only is it a healthy alternative to cream, the probiotics it contain are beneficial for your intestinal health as well.

Bottom line

Does making some changes to your diet for tinnitus help?

Possibly, even though there is no direct evidence. A focus on a healthy diet can reduce tinnitus symptoms.

Educated individuals know that what you eat can have a significant impact on your health. There's no cost to trying out some of these recommended changes.

What about natural remedies for tinnitus? There are several that work.

See the articles CoQ10 for Tinnitus, Ginkgo for Tinnitus Relief as well as Pycnogenol for Tinnitus for the full report on these beneficial supplements.

All these articles can be access from our Supplements for Tinnitus Home Page.