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Tinnitus refers to a constant ringing, roaring, clicking or hissing sound in your ears. It is extremely widespread, as millions of people only in USA are constantly affected by it. People with severe tinnitus may have trouble hearing, working or even sleeping. Among the causes of tinnitus can include hearing loss, exposure to loud sounds or drugs (especially drugs like valium, ie, benzodiazepines, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin and ibuprofen). Tinnitus can also be a symptom of other health problems, such as allergies, high or low blood pressure, tumors and diseases of the heart, blood vessels, jaw, or neck.

Treatment of tinnitus by using natural medicines

The simplest way of treating tinnitus is to identify and eliminate its causes. If the tinnitus appears as a result of prolonged exposure to loud noise or music, scuba diving or other causes of damage to the eardrum, it becomes intractable. However, some studies have shown that in such cases, it may be a dietary Supplement with magnesium (150-250 mg three times per day). Other natural medicines that also proved to be useful in the treatment of tinnitus include:

  • Zinc. Supplementation with zinc (20-30 mg per day) may reduce or eliminate tinnitus in people with zinc deficiency — a common phenomenon in many cases of tinnitus.
  • Ginkgo biloba extract (EGB). The results of a double-blind study of Ginkgo biloba extract is highly controversial. People who have recently suffer from tinnitus are more likely to react to EGB than those whose tinnitus has at least 3 years. Gingko leaves ‘ extract dosage is 240-320 mg daily.
  • The Vitamin B12. Almost half of the patients with tinnitus also has a shortage of B12. Many people with low B12 levels. completely get rid of tinnitus after taking B12 in the form methylcobalamin. It should take 3000-5000 mcg per day for one month and then reduce the use to a maintenance dose of 1,000 mcg per day.

Melatonin in tinnitus

The last natural product that could potentially help in the treatment of tinnitus is melatonin. In a very detailed study conducted by the Institute for the eyes and ears of the Ohio state University, sixty-one adult with chronic tinnitus were randomized to receive 3 mg melatonin or placebo each night for 30 days. After 30 days of treatment was followed by 1-month washout period before switching to another drug. The results very clearly showed that melatonin causes a statistically significant decrease in tinnitus intensity and improved sleep quality in patients with chronic tinnitus. Melatonin is most effective at people with more severe and bilateral tinnitus, and also on people that have long exposure noise.

Researchers believe that one of the ways melatonin may help to improve the condition in tinnitus, is to improve the quality of sleep. This is an interesting mechanism of action, especially considering the fact that tinnitus is often a side effect of prescription sleeping pills. Other evidence suggests that melatonin may help improve the function of the inner ear. For example, it was shown that melatonin protects the inner ear from damage caused by various medicines, including antibiotics and chemotherapeutic agents. In one study, it was demonstrated that melatonin up to 150 times more effective in terms of limiting the impact of side effects of drugs on the inner ear than the mixture of antioxidants, including vitamins C and E, glutathione and N-acetyl cysteine. Given the fact that the medicines often cause tinnitus, the person who takes the drug, leading to tinnitus, you should also take melatonin to protect the function of the inner ear and prevent tinnitus.

Melatonin and vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 necessary for proper development and proper effects of melatonin. It is not surprising that the researchers found the following: low levels of melatonin, or vitamin B12 in the blood are associated with tinnitus. This relationship is even stronger if both are low and melatonin levels, and levels of B12.

Tinnitus is not the only disease caused by low levels of vitamin B12, which is associated with aging. In several studies it was discovered that the level of vitamin B12 declines with age and vitamin B12 deficiency occurs in 40% of people aged 65 years. Lack of this vitamin can be the result of a reduced diet, but a more likely explanation is the weakening of the aging in the secretion of compounds called intrinsic factor of castle and promoting the absorption of B12. Vitamin B12 deficiency can be devastating at any age but in old age it can lead to significant disorder of the nervous functions, and mental abilities. Tinnitus many of the elderly may be just the tip of the iceberg when it is linked with low levels of vitamin B12.

In one study, published by the Belgian Royal society of surgery of the ear, nose, throat, head and neck, examined the levels of vitamin B12 in the blood of 100 sequentially selected geriatric ambulatory patients who have had various acute and chronic diseases. The researchers found that in the serum of 11 patients B12 level was 148 pmol/l or lower (the lower limit for the determination of vitamin B12 deficiency), in 30 patients, the levels ranged from 148 to 295 pmol/l in 59 patients these levels were above 296 pmol/L. After conducting the initial analysis of the condition of the patients was monitored for three years. Patients with B12 levels below 148 pmol/l were assigned to treatment, and they were not included in the analysis to reduce the level of cobalamin. The average annual decline was 18 pmol/l in patients who had higher initial B12 levels, but patients with lower initial B12 level average annual reduction of its content in serum was much higher at 28 pmol/L.

These results indicate that measuring levels of vitamin B12 in the blood (serum cobalamin) and measurement of urinary methylmalonic acid as tests of vitamin B12 deficiency appears to be shown in older age. In addition, I recommend that persons aged 65 years or vegetarians at any age can take the active form of vitamin B12 (methylcobalamin) in a dosage of 1000-3000 mg daily. Note: this high dosage allows to neglect the need for internal castle factor in the absorption of this subsidiary funds.

Vitamin B12 is available in several forms. The most common forms are cyanocobalamin and hydroxocobalamin. However, the body needs to convert these two forms into methylcobalamin, and they are not good for older people because many of these people the ability to convert cyanocobalamin and methylcobalamin in hydroxocobalamin may be impaired. In animal models of aging methylcobalamin led to significant increases in life expectancy, while cyanocobalamin had no effect. Methylcobalamin has shown the best results in clinical trials compared to cyanocobalamin. It should therefore be seen as the most accessible form when required to the specific benefits of vitamin B12.

Concluding comments

The influence of dietary factors on tinnitus are poorly understood, as no one will invest in such research money. On the other hand, some interesting data provides a new study that examines data from the Biobank resource in the UK and represents a very large intergroup study of adults aged 40-69 years living in the UK. After checking the lifestyle, noise exposure, hearing, personality, and other factors constant tinnitus, defined as occurring most of the time, decreased due to the consumption of fish, indicating another possible useful effect of additional introduction in the diet of fish oil.

This article was written by Dr. Michael Murray, one of the leading authorities in the field of natural medicine. Over the past 35 years, Dr. Murray has been compiling a massive database of original scientific studies of the medical literature. He has personally collected over 65000 articles from the scientific literature that provide convincing evidence of the effectiveness of diet, vitamins, minerals, herbs and other natural ways of maintaining health and treating disease. It is from this constantly expanding database that Dr. Murray provides the answers on health and treatment on the website DoctorMurray.com. Visit the iHerb page of Dr. Murray by clicking here.