“Given the complexity of TBI and the current gaps in scientific knowledge,” the committee noted, early adequate nutrition was the only “promising solution that can immediately improve treatment efforts.”
Several scientific studies and investigative papers published in recent years have suggested that certain nutritional interventions may help patients that have sustained a concussion or a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This prompted the U.S. Department of Defense to ask the Institute of Medicine to convene an expert committee to review the potential role for nutrition in TBI. John W. Erdman, Professor Emeritus, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, chaired the eleven member committee. Their report is titled “Nutrition and Traumatic Brain Injury: Improving Acute and Sub-Acute Health Outcomes in Military Personnel.”
TBI is a significant cause of death and disability among military personnel, with an estimated 10% to 20% of returning veterans having sustained a TBI. Some estimates suggest that TBI may account for up to 33% of combat-related injuries.
The committee reached the conclusion that military personnel with severe traumatic brain…
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