Vertigo is a symptom that is commonly found with inner ear disorders, viral or bacteria infections, and Meniere's disease. Vertigo makes you feel like you are spinning or falling, or that the ground beneath you is moving. It is usually difficult to focus your eyes with vertigo and these sensations could last a couple of minutes to a few days, states the website Life Extension. If you are experiencing vertigo, consult a physician and consider increasing certain dietary nutrients that are known to ease these feelings.
Foods Rich in Vitamin C
Eating foods high in vitamin C may help ease the sensations that vertigo causes. In a study published in the August 2003 issue of "Acta Oto-Laryngologica," M. Takumida and colleagues of the Hiroshima University School of Medicine in Japan found promising results for patients with Meniere's disease, a condition that is associated with vertigo, who consumed daily vitamin. The study gave 600 mg of vitamin C with 300 mg of glutathione to all the participants for at least eight weeks, and out of the 22 patients, 21 of them claimed positive improvements with their vertigo. To incorporate more vitamin C-rich foods, eat lots of fruits and vegetables. MedlinePlus states that citrus fruits, strawberries, cantaloupe, green peppers, tomatoes, broccoli, sweet potatoes, turnip greens other dark green leafy vegetables have the highest amounts of vitamin C. Other good sources of vitamin C include raspberries, blueberries, cranberries, mangoes, papaya, pineapples, red peppers, cabbage and winter squash.
Foods Containing Vitamin B6
Vitamin B6 is imperative to your body. Without this vitamin, protein and red blood cell metabolism would not run effectively and your nervous system and immune system could not function properly. According to Life Extension, vitamin B6 also appears to be beneficial for those who suffer from vertigo, especially vertigo associated with prescription medications. Vitamin B6 appears to reduce the dizziness and nausea that vertigo causes. To add more foods that contain vitamin B6 to your diet, look for fortified breakfast cereals, meat such as chicken and pork, fish that includes salmon and tuna, peanut butter, beans, bananas, walnuts, spinach and avocados.
Ginger, a root often used in Asian cooking, has been used to aid digestion and treat stomach upset, diarrhea and nausea for more than 2,000 years. The University of Maryland Medical Center reports ginger can also help treat arthritis, colic and heart conditions. Since ginger is known to ease nausea and motion sickness, it can ease the severity of vertigo. In a study published in the March 2003 issue of the "American Journal of Physiology," H. Lien and colleagues from the National Yang-Ming University in Taiwan proved that ginger could treat and prevent motion sickness. Taking 1,000 to 2,000 mg of ginger reduced nausea and shortened the recovery time after the motion sickness ceased.
- Life Extension: Vertigo
- PubMed: Radical Scavengers for Ménière's Disease After Failure of Conventional Therapy
- Office of Dietary Supplements: Vitamin B6
- MedlinePlus: Vitamin C
- PubMed: Effects of Ginger on Motion Sickness and Gastric Slow-Wave Dysrhythmias Induced by Circular Vection
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Ginger