Nutrition That May Help Heal Concussions

“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.”

Performance Sport-Care / Douglas F. Cancel, D.C.

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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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Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

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