My Investigation of Lipo-Flavonoid for Tinnitusby Henry Hound on April 19, 2010
Today’s Target: The Lipo-flavonoid Tinnitus Treatment
Lipo-flavonoid is an over-the-counter herbal supplement being marketed as a relief aid for those of us who suffer from tinnitus.
The instructions state to take 6 caplets a day (two at each meal) for 2 months and then one caplet three times a day after meals thereafter for “maintenance”. That sounds expensive.
So the big question… does it really work?
The short answer is yes, it can work… if you suffer from Meniere’s disease… which unfortunately accounts for a very small number of tinnitus cases.
You see, years ago, a study showed that lipo-flavonoid was able to calm the symptoms of some people who suffered from Meniere’s disease, which is a rare disease that involves the swelling of the small fluid-filled chambers of the inner ear. This causes vertigo, loss of hearing, loss of balance and tinnitus.
Now, one might make the assumption that if lipo-flavonoid can help calm tinnitus in people with Meniere’s, then it must also calm tinnitus that has other causes beyond Meniere’s. Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this simply isn’t true.
Here’s the skinny…
While lipo-flavonoid may help those with Meniere’s, it has not been proven to help people with other causes of tinnitus (noise-induced damage, medications). In fact, one study showed that subjects with hearing problems with other causes (noise, age, undetermined) had NO improvement when given a component of Lipo-flavonoid that was 4x’s the strength of the recommended dosage.
This is likely because Meniere’s disease may has something to do with a type of allergic reaction in which histamines cause the inflammation of the inner ear. The bioflavonoids in Lipo-flavonoid have an anti-histamine reaction in the body, which relieves some cases of Meniere’s. Time to break out the Benadryl?
On the other hand, most cases of tinnitus are caused by “free radical damage” in the ear that interferes with proper noise signaling. The brain then sends noise signals (in the form of buzzing and ringing) to try to compensate for this damage.
So, What’s The Verdict?
My problem with LipoFlavonoid is the fact that it’s being marketed as a Tinnitus treatment when in fact it’s only a treatment for Meniere’s Disease which is one of the lesser causes of tinnitus. Most who suffer from tinnitus do so because of noise-induced damage or exposure to certain medications. For this reason I would only recommend folks try Lipo-Flavonoid if they have been diagnosed with Meniere’s.
There is a great alternative to Lipo Flavonoid that my pack loves. Unlike Lipo-Flavonoid, these methods work with all causes of tinnitus and it’s a more permanent fix rather than being a temporary relief. It’s a 100% free report I’ve put together that teaches you several proven methods to eliminate your tinnitus compiled from some of the best sources. In the Health Hound’s opinion, I would say that it’s a no-brainer not to at least give this free report a try.