Lipoflavanoid—an over-the-counter supplement—is believed to provide relief for tinnitus sufferers and possibly hearing loss by improving circulation in the inner ear. Though there is no one-size-fits-all cure for tinnitus, which can be brought on by a variety of underlying health issues, Lipoflavanoid is one option to consider when researching supplements. (Which should always be discussed with your doctor first!)
To understand how Lipoflavanoid can reduce tinnitus we’ll first take a look at what tinnitus is and how it is diagnosed. Determining the root cause of tinnitus is the first step to understanding which treatment will be most effective and whether Lipoflavanoid is a good option to consider.
Tinnitus and circulation
One of the most common reasons for tinnitus symptoms, a pulsing or ringing in the ears, occur is due to poor circulation in the inner ear. Chronic inflammation is tied to this circulatory issue when vasoconstriction occurs, and this means there is a decreased blood flow into smaller capillaries such as those in the inner ear.
Tinnitus patients then experience a variety of noises that are unheard by others, yet create stress and anxiety that can be difficult to battle. The tinnitus symptoms can vary from a pulse to a hissing noise and even in some cases are described as a “beeping noise” that might be compared to the sound of Morse code. It is incredibly unpleasant and interferes with daily life, quality of sleep, and even relationships with family and friends. With no known cure, those afflicted with tinnitus are left to seek out any and all remedies that might provide some relief!
Physicians may perform a variety of tests on patients to diagnose tinnitus, from MRIs and CAT scans to audiological exams and “movement tests” (for example, does moving your neck a certain way increase the ringing in your ears?) Before choosing any supplement, medication or therapy to address tinnitus, consulting with your doctor is of critical importance. It is possible that supplements or medications chosen to address tinnitus could interfere with medications you are already taking or other health-related concerns.
One possible diagnosis associated with tinnitus is Meniere’s disease, which can cause vertigo as well as tinnitus. Vertigo is a dizzying sensation, which like tinnitus is extremely disruptive to daily life. And adding to that burden is the difficulty for others to “see” evidence of the condition. Sufferers can feel extremely isolated, leading to depression and anxiety, especially as the treatment of tinnitus is currently limited.
What is Lipoflavanoid?
We’ve all heard the health benefits of lemons and most restaurants are filled with well-intentioned diners asking for lemons with their water… but what most don’t know is that Lipoflavanoid derives its benefits from the same source! Eriodictyol glycoside is the main active ingredient in Lipoflavanoid, and this is the phytonutrient found in lemon peels. But, before you consider grating lemon peel and sprinkling it in your ear (which WON’T work and would only do harm, by the way), let’s consider how this works in a supplement.
Lipoflavanoid’s nutrients, including the eriodictyol glycoside, work together with its vitamins (including B3, B6, B12, and C) in a manner that is believed to improve circulation. It should be noted that there is no scientific proof or research to back this claim, as is the case with most over-the-counter supplements, but we do know from some user testimonials that it has been effective in the treatment of tinnitus and other conditions.
It is believed that Lipoflavanoid acts on histamine which then improves blood flow and circulation in the inner ear. It is primarily suggested for tinnitus that is associated with Meniere’s disease and/or vertigo; therefore, it may not be the best or most effective treatment for tinnitus that may be a result of some other underlying cause or injury.
Side effects and other considerations with the use of Lipoflavanoid
The most serious side effects possible—where users should seek medical attention immediately—include vomiting or blood in stools. In these rare cases, users should discontinue taking Lipoflavanoid and contact a medical professional. “Vitamin overdose” can occur with these and other side effects such as hair and weight loss, changes in menstruation, headaches, muscle aches, and unusual bruising and bleeding.
Other side effects that may be less serious include appetite loss and/or a bad taste in the mouth when taking Liopflavanoid. An upset stomach, diarrhea, nausea, and heartburn can also occur, and in general, all of these should be evaluated by your doctor as you decide whether Liopflavanoid is the right supplement for you.
Dosage plays a key role in the presence of possible side effects, so it is important to monitor this carefully and adjust if needed.
Additionally, the serious side effects may be caused by interaction with other supplements or medications. Any medication intended to reduce water in the body should NOT be used with Lipoflavanoid. This combination can result in a severe allergic reaction. Users may experience swelling of the mouth and tongue, hives, or rash, all indicating the need to seek medical attention. Lipoflavanoid should not be used in conjunction with Accutane, ibuprofen, or naproxen as well. Tinnitus can be associated with headaches so it is especially important to consider this is you tend to take medications like Motrin and Aleve for relief.
There are also some dietary restrictions to consider. Dairy products, such as yogurt, cheese, and milk may prevent the body from absorbing the vitamins in Lipoflavanoid. (That giant scoop of ice cream may seem like a great treat and a distraction from tinnitus…yet it could also delay relief!) In general, dietary choices are another important area to research when trying to alleviate tinnitus.
Lipoflavanoid, when used in consultation with a physician and monitored carefully at the right dosages, has been found to reduce tinnitus, and it may be the right choice for you, especially if your tinnitus is linked to Meniere’s disease.