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Food For Thought: Concussion Nutrition

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Posted on 07-14-2015

Concussion Treatment at Back2Life Chiropractic in Toronto

Concussions are one of the most intensely studied topics in health right now.  Papers are being published in waves in order to better understand what happens to brain tissue and to learn what will promote the greatest healing.  Getting  all the information from different sources and piecing together how to use this information is a great challenge.  I wanted to discuss one specific area needed to help heal your brain after a concussion: diet.

Reducing  inflammation in the brain is the first requirement.  This will reduce pain intensity and increase the healing speed.

  1. Protein: 1g/kg body weight
  2. Creatine: provides energy to brain cells to improve healing
  3. DHA: an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain
  4. Antioxidants: Alphalipoic acid protects both the fatty and water-soluble part of the cells.
  5. Choline:  precursor to acetylcholine, which is a neurotransmitter aiding in memory
  6. Vitamin D
  7. Zinc
  8. Magnesium: decreases inflammation and elevates glutathione
  9. Glutathione: a powerful antioxidant shown to reduce brain tissue damage by an average 67%.

These foods and supplements should begin immediately after the injury to produce the best results.

Call us at Back2Life Chiropractic in Toronto, 416-792-2599 to learn more.

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6. King VR, Huang WL, Dyall SC, et al., Omega-3 fatty acids improve recovery, whereas omega-6 fatty acids worsen outcome, after spinal cord injury in the adult rat. J Neurosci, 2006;26:4672-4680.

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