By Lydia Fong, published on May 1, 2007 - last reviewed on June 20, 2007
Like it or not, you're scheduled to lose a significant portion of your hearing by the age of 60. Fortunately, there's evidence that folic acid, a vitamin found in green vegetables and beans, can help prevent hearing and memory loss. In a study from the Netherlands, older adults who took daily folic acid supplements over a three-year period avoided the type of age-related hearing loss that muffles voices. It also improved their performance on memory tests—in fact, their memory abilities were similar to those of people seven years younger. The findings join other research linking high folic acid levels to healthier pregnancies and the prevention of heart disease and cancer.
Here are some other folate-rich foods:
Folic Acid: 358 mcg/cup
% Daily Recommended Intake: 90%
Folic Acid: 282 mcg/cup
% Daily Recommended Intake: 71%
Folic Acid: 263 mcg/cup
% Daily Recommended Intake: 66%
Food: Collard Greens
Folic Acid: 177 mcg/cup
% Daily Recommended Intake: 44%
Folic Acid: 116 mcg/cup
% Daily Recommended Intake: 29%
"This lentil dish was a specialty of my grandmother, Blanka Skopek. Lentils are known as čočka (pronounced "chochka") in Czech and are a traditional New Year's dish, because they symbolize prosperity." —
In a large pot, fill water to 2 inches above lentils. Bring to a boil (on medium); let boil 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Return to pot. Fill pot (to 1 inch above lentils) with water or broth or half-and-half. Add onion halves and seasoning bouquet (parsley, bay leaf, and thyme, tied with cooking string). Cover and bring to a boil on medium-high. Don't stir. Boil until liquid is absorbed, about 20 minutes. Add more liquid if lentils are not tender. Discard bouquet and onion. Add sauteed onions. Add vinegar and stir. Top with fried egg and bacon.