A concussion is a traumatic injury to the brain that occurs as the result of a blow to the head. It can also occur due to a sudden, severe jolt to the body that causes a rapid back-and-forth movement of the head and the brain. This sudden, jostling movement can cause the brain to shift inside the skull, resulting in chemical imbalances and other changes in the brain. If the injury is serious enough, it can result in brain damage. Concussions can be extremely serious, even fatal.
Is there any way to strengthen the body and brain to protect against serious injury in the event of a concussion? The good news is yes, there are many vitamins and supplements that can help the body protect itself to some extent against the worst effects of a concussive injury. This can help to avoid a concussion in many instances. Supplements and vitamins can also help to reduce the severity of the effects should a concussion occur.
Good nutrition is always important to stay in top physical condition. Adding supplements and vitamins to your body can give your body an extra edge when it comes to preventing or minimalizing some injuries, or helping to recover from them.
One of the most important things the body will need to help prevent further damage following an injury is protein. At least 1 gram of protein per kilogram of body weight is recommended. Because a concussion is most often accompanied by nausea, getting the extra protein from food isn’t usually possible. A milkshake made daily with pea and rice protein and 10 grams of creatine monohydrate. The creatine gives the cells what they need to produce energy. This provides the brain with an intense burst of energy. This energy is necessary so that the brain cells can begin the healing process immediately.
Vitamin D is necessary to supplement the body’s BDNF levels. A daily supplement of about 5,000 IU is recommended in the event of possible or potential concussion to provide the body with the appropriate serum levels of BDNF to help strengthen and repair the tissue of the brain.
It has been proven that glutathione significantly reduces damage done to brain tissue. Studies have shown that, when administered right away following possible concussive injury, damage can be reduced by as much as 70%. Since glutathione cannot be taken orally (it is destroyed by stomach acid), the best way to make sure the body has what it needs to produce glutathione. This is done by supplying the body with the building blocks it needs to maximize glutathione production. This is also done with supplements: selenium, Vitamins B3 and C, broccoli extract, and N – acetyl – L – cysteine.
Following an injury that may result in concussion, Omega-3 fatty acids DHA and EPA can be instrumental in reducing inflammation, a crucial step in preventing serious brain damage. A high-quality fish oil in the first few weeks following the injury, followed by 2,000 to 4,000 mg daily for 90 days is the recommended dosage.
Magnesium is one of the most important nutrients for reducing concussive brain damage. It prevents post – concussion syndrome as well as delayed brain injury. It increases glutathione levels in cells and works to reduce inflammation. Studies have shown that immediately following a concussion magnesium levels in the brain drastically decrease. They fall by approximately 50$ and even worse, they remain at this reduced level for 5 days. A daily supplement of 600 mg of magnesium is recommended. It is also recommended to add a daily supplement of 40 mg of zinc following an injury. Zinc levels also drop markedly after an accident. Maintaining healthy zinc levels improves mood and cognition, which are both important in helping to prevent substantial damage from a concussive injury.
Turmeric contains curcumin, which is one of the most valuable and effective supplements when it comes to treating a concussion. Curcumin works to decrease cognitive impairment, reduce and repair membrane damage to the brain’s neurons, and works to regulate the brain’s energy use.
Taking vitamins and supplements as a part of your daily routine delivers many health benefits. Having them at maximum levels in your system will help to prevent or drastically reduce the damage that can occur during or after an accident. In cases where these injuries have the potential to lead to concussion, these benefits can prove invaluable in keeping the body and the brain safe, and may even be life-saving.