Here we look at the claims for Tinnitus Guard.
Branded dietary supplement
Some potential for harm
No or limited evidence that it is effective
The makers claim
The makers claim that Tinnitus Guard “eliminates ear noise.”
What is the treatment?
Tinnitus Guard is a capsule. The suggested use is two capsules taken daily.
The ingredients of Tinnitus Guard are listed as Vitamin C, niacin, Vitamin B6, folic acid, Vitamin B12, hawthorne leaf and flower, garlic, olive leaf, hibiscus flower, buchu leaf, uva ursi, juniper berry, green tea.
What are the downsides of this treatment?
Potential side effects, allergic reactions and drug interactions from constituents.[2-14]
Cost. Tinnitus Guard costs $62.96 for 30 days supply (excluding taxes and shipping).
Has there been research into this treatment?
There have been no papers published on Tinnitus Guard as a supplement, but there have been a number published on its component parts.
What does the research say?
There is no evidence that any of the known components of this supplement are effective for treating tinnitus.[2-14]
Although some of the components are thought of as safe, some may be harmful including Vitamin B6 and Uva ursi (if taken for prolonged periods), and green tea in large doses. Uva ursi and buchu should be avoided in pregnancy .
Although independent evidence is limited, what there is does not show that the components of this supplement are effective for tinnitus and that there may be risks involved in taking this supplement. We would suggest you talk to your GP before taking any new medication or supplement.
“Dietary supplements should not be recommended to treat tinnitus.”
Note that the retailer’s website states “Products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.”
There appears to be a lot of similarity between the marketing and make up of this product and other products such as Tinnitus 911 and Silencil – please see the relevant information sheets for details.
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All online references accessed 10 November 2022 unless noted.
1. GIV Health. Stop Unwanted Ear Ringing and Get Results FAST! www.tinnitusguard.com/
2. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin C. www.ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-Consumer/
3. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Niacin. www.ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/niacin-Consumer/
4. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin B6. www.ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB6-Consumer/
5. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Folate. www.ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Folate-Consumer/
6. National Institutes of Health Office of Dietary Supplements. Vitamin B12. www.ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminB12-Consumer/
7. The Drugsite Trust. Hawthorn. www.drugs.com/npp/hawthorn.html
8. The Drugsite Trust. Garlic. www.drugs.com/npp/garlic.html
9. The Drugsite Trust. Olive Leaf. www.drugs.com/npp/olive-leaf.html
10. The Drugsite Trust. Hibiscus. www.drugs.com/npp/hibiscus.html
11. The Drugsite Trust. Buchu. www.drugs.com/npp/buchu.html
12. The Drugsite Trust. Uva ursi. www.drugs.com/npp/uva-ursi.html
13. The Drugsite Trust. Juniper. www.drugs.com/npp/juniper.html
14. The Drugsite Trust. Green tea. www.drugs.com/mtm/green-tea.html
15. Hu J, Webster D et al. The Safety of Green Tea and Green Tea Extract Consumption in Adults – Results of a Systematic Review. Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology.(2018) 95. 412-433.
16. Coelho C, Tyler R et al. Survey on the Effectiveness of Dietary Supplements to Treat Tinnitus. American Journal of Audiology. (2016) 25(3): 184-205