Meniere's Disease and Nutrition

Can Lipo-Flavonoid Help Meniere’s Symptoms?

Can Lipo-Flavonoid Help reduce the Symptoms of dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss?

The Lipo-Flavonoid nutritional supplement was developed by a well know Otolaryngologist (Ear, Nose & Throat Doctor) at a leading clinic in the US mid-west more than forty years ago.

The supplement was specifically developed to relieve the symptoms of ringing in the ears (tinnitus), dizziness and loss of hearing in Meniere’s disease. Lipo-Flavonoid provides nutritional support to improve circulation in the inner ear.

Lipo-Flavonoid Plus is an Extra Strength formula containing twice the normal amount of Lemon Bioflavonoids compared to the regular Lipo-Flavonoid, and is claimed to be even more beneficial in reducing the symptoms of Meniere’s disease.

Lipo-Flavonoid contains eriodictyol glycoside, bioflavonoids, vitamin B6 and B12 (B complex), vitamin C, niacin, riboflavin, thiamine, choline, inositol, and pantothenic acid.

These are all natural nutrients; not synthetic drugs. Eriodicytol glycoside is an extract from citrus bioflavonoid and has been shown to aid in maintaining inner ear health and improving microcirculation in the ear.

In a study of patients with Meniere’s syndrome, they were given Lipo-Flavonoid for several months. Most of the people noticed improvements and no adverse side affects. “They were so pleased with the improvements in their ear health that they voluntarily remained on Lipo-Flavonoid after the study was over.” (Goffin, 1970).

Hearing also improved when 160 people with Meniere’s Disease were given citrus bioflavonoid, ascorbic acid, and vitamin B in another study. Vitamin B complex may produce an occasional hearing improvement in a few isolated instances. However, supplementation with citrus bioflavonoid (600 mg, three times a day) can make the improvements more regular, and to a greater extent (Williams, 1962).

One scientific study looked at eriodictyol glycosidase in people with Meniere’s Disease. An overwhelming majority of the 122 people said it relieved their dizziness and the ringing in the ears. (Williams, 1964).

In another study, 1,220 people with hearing loss were given bioflavonoid complex along with a multiple vitamin. Forty percent of the people studied claimed that their hearing improved significantly. (Shaia, 1976).

In a fourth study, doctors found a relationship between vitamin B12 deficiency and tinnitus. Tinnitus patients improved when given vitamin B12 (Shemesh, 1993).

Another study looked at a combination of therapies including beta-histine mesilate, vitamin B complex and diazepam in patients with tinnitus. This study discovered this multi-ingredient treatment may provide relief. (Ohsaki, 1998).

Eriodictyol glycoside (lemon bioflavonoid extract) may act on histidine decarboxylase and play a major part in control of the microcirculation in the ear. Schayer had stated “All the observations seem to be unified by the hypothesis that inducible histidine decarboxylase is located in or close to, vascular endothelial cells and synthesizes histamine at a rate determined by the requirements of the issues for blood.” Williams et al wrote, “Histamine suddenly induced by a local stimulus in quantities far beyond homeostatic necessity would reproduce the symptoms, signs and pathologic [condition] of Meniere’s Syndrome. Eriodictyol glycoside may act as a blocking agent for histidine decarboxylase (histamine).” (Slattery, 1997)

According Herschberg (1974), these studies prove that supplements with a bioflavonoid complex  can “really help to maintain inner ear health.

What Lipo-Flavonoid users say 

From 1134 customer reviews on Amazon at the time of writing, Lipo-Flavonoid Plus averages 4 out of 5 stars.

There are many very positive reviews, some with mixed results and there are some negative reviews.

From the positive reviews:

“I took 6 pills/day for the recommended time and noticed toward the end of my first bottle I had NO ringing on several, consecutive days! Convinced me to buy my second bottle FOR SURE. I’m now at 3/day and have none to minimal ringing each day, before taking had daily severe ringing for years-I’M A BELIEVER.”

“All the ingredients are specifically aimed at helping increase circulation to the ear. You have to follow the recommended dosages and do the exercises. Be patient and do not give up, this product will help!!!!”

“Only thing that has stopped the ringing!”

“I went to 3 ENT’s (Ears, Nose, Throat specialist) for persistent ringing in my left ear. I had 2 MRI’s done. They were not able to determine what the problem was other than a slight hearing loss at the very high end of the range, which I was assured was normal for a person of my age (45). The third ENT I consulted told me about this product. I tried it and the ringing stopped in only 3 days! It was so bad it was keeping me up at night. For me, this product has been a true miracle. I have not had any problems since. I began by taking the full dose. Now I only have to take 1 a day.”

“I’ve been using this product for 3 months now. I followed the recommendation of taking double the recommended amount to achieve faster results. After about 3 weeks the buzzing in my ear was cut in half. That by itself was a huge improvement. By the end of 2 months it reduced it a bit more. I’m now taking the recommend 3 pills a day and so far haven’t noticed any increase in the buzz volume. Actually there are times it seems to be totally gone. My ENT is the one that recommended it to me. He did advice however that it doesn’t work for everyone but is one of the few products out there that does work well for those it helps. I do know that I had my doubts that a vitamin supplement would help my ears but am so glad now that I gave it a try. If you are thinking of trying it, I do recommend you follow the suggestion of taking double the recommended dose for 2 months to get it working faster and hopefully you will be one of the ones that it really helps just like it has me. Best of luck to you and hope you find this review helpful.”

“If you have meniere’s disease, you must try this product”

“I have had classical meniere’s disease for many years, and have suffered dizziness, ear pressure, hearing loss, tinnitus and vomiting. Soon after taking my first dosage of Lipofavanoid, I started to notice a reduction in ear pressure. That was in August 2008. It is now August 2009 and I have been taking around 800mg a day, everyday since my first dosage. This product has been a big help, and has provided a way for me to make meniere’s manageable day to day.
If you have classical meniere’s disease, you must at least try this product. It has been a big help to me and my family.
Lipoflavanoid PLUS actually acts like an antihistamine in the inner ear, and reduces fluid production (swelling) and makes the membranes of the inner ear more porous so fluids flow easier and pressure is reduced. Lipoflavanoid also improves blood circulation by dilating the tiny capillaries of the inner ear, improving overall inner ear health and function. Improved circulation of the inner ear can also reduce tinnitus by allowing the hair cells of the cochlea to send higher quality signals to the brain.
NOTE; make sure you get Lipoflavanoid “PLUS“. This version of the product includes a higher level of lemon bioflavanoids which is the key ingredient that can potentially improve the meniere’s ear.

Good luck!”

“My ear doctor recommended this for ringing in the ear. My doctor said to just take one a day and I have been using Lipo-Flavonoid for over two years now and have had a reduction in the ringing that makes if tolerable now. I would recommend this to anyone who has tinnitus.”

From negative reviews:

“Didn’t help the ringing in my ears”

“Hubby took it for 60 days. No improvement noted. Wishing there was something that works for him.”

“Gave absolutely no help”

What are Flavonoids?

Flavonoids are a group of plant metabolites thought to provide health benefits through cell signaling pathways and antioxidant effects. These molecules are found in a variety of fruits and vegetables.

Flavonoids can be powerful antioxidants, in addition to having anti-viral/bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy properties.

Green tea, citrus fruit, and berries are great sources of flavonoids. Lemon bioflavonoid and grape seed may be among the most beneficial sources for Meniere’s sufferers, improving microcirculation of blood in and around the ear.

Dr Strand’s supplement recommendations for Meniere’s includes both Lipo-Flavonoid and a powerful grape seed extract containing flavonoids.

The University of Maryland reports: Certain flavonoids, known as hydroxyethylrutosides (HR), have been reported to improve symptoms of MD in one double-blind study. In this study, 2 grams per day of HR for three months resulted in either stabilization of or improvement in hearing.

Meniere’s Help readers experiences with Lipo-flavonoid

Extracts from emails to Meniere’s Help (used with permission):

“I’ve been on the low salt diet, diuretic and taking the vitamins. I recently started taking Lipo Flavonoid Plus and it has done wonders.  I haven’t had an attack in 8 weeks, the fullness is gone.


“I have been taking the expensive “pure” supplements, I also have been taking that LipoFlavanoid Plus.  The good news is that I haven’t had a really horrific episode like I did back in September and I am most often able to function pretty normally and work full-time.”



It would appear that Lipoflavonoid does help at least some people with Meniere’s symptoms. From the information above it would seem over 50%. The vast majority of sufferers who have experience with the supplement regimen spoken of on Meniere’s Help have been able to reduce or eliminate their symptoms.

Dr Strand later added three recommendations to the original regimen. One of these was Lipo-Flavonoid. The two most common symptoms that are reported to be hardest to eliminate is tinnitus and hearing loss. Vertigo and dizziness and the other associated symptoms are nearly always the first things to reduce or disappear.

Adding LipoFlavonoid Plus may be the final piece in the puzzle to help with hearing loss and tinnitus.

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