Drinking more beverages with caffeine could reduce your risk of developing tinnitus; and federal officials are warning consumers that dietary supplements should not be used to help treat concussions.
Both findings were recently reported in The Natural Standard.
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Tinnitus is the medical term that describes when people suffer from a ringing in their ears. It is a common condition that impacts millions of people. For some patients, symptoms can come and go and are just mildly annoying.
But others develop serious and persistent symptoms that lead them to seek medical help. Anyone can develop tinnitus, but it is most common among senior citizens.
But it is becoming more and more common in young people, especially those exposed to loud noises. Exposure to loud music at concerts and clubs can cause tinnitus.
According to the Standard, researchers recently analyzed data from 65,085 women between the ages of 30 and 44 to determine the potential effects of caffeine intake in relation to tinnitus. None of the women had tinnitus at the study’s outset. Information on food intake and their medical history were also collected.
During the 18-year follow-up, 5,289 cases of tinnitus were reported. Researchers reported that women who consumed between 450 to 599 milligrams of caffeine each day had a 15 percent reduced risk of developing tinnitus. That’s compared to women who had fewer than 150 milligrams, which is about the amount of caffeine found in a single cup of coffee. Women who took in more than 600 milligrams of caffeine each day had their risk of tinnitus decrease by 21 percent.
Researchers determined that high caffeine intake can be linked to a decreased risk of developing tinnitus.
In other news, the Standard reported that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently warned consumers that there is a lack of evidence supporting using supplements to treat concussions.
Concussions are mild brain injuries which can result in a disruption of normal brain function and other health problems.
According to the FDA, some companies are taking advantage of public concern regarding concussions in children and young people – and are marketing untested and possibly dangerous products. These companies claim their products can prevent, treat, or even cure concussions.
Officials from the FDA said they are keeping an eye on how these products are being marketed. If necessary, the FDA is removing bogus claims from product labels.
While some of these products may not be harmful, they can be dangerous by falsely claiming to speed up recovery time for concussion sufferers. There are concerns that coaches and athletes may believe athletes can return to action after receiving a concussion faster than they should.
The FDA is reminding consumers that there is no scientific evidence to back up claims that dietary supplement help treat concussions or reduce concussion symptoms.