Fatty acids effective in head injury
The treatment of concussions and traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a clinical challenge. Thus far clinical studies have failed to identify an effective treatment strategy for combination of neuroprotection, neuroinflammation, and neuroregeneration. But according to emerging science and clinical experience, aggressive intake of omega-3 fatty acids seem to be beneficial to concussion patients.
Research suggests that early and optimal doses of omega-3 fatty acids have the potential to improve outcomes from traumatic brain injury, with patients who sustained life-threatening brain injuries recovered brain health with the aid of omega-3 fatty acids.
Growing clinical evidence shows that the brain needs to be saturated with high doses of omega-3 in order for the brain to have the opportunity to heal. Without an optimal supply of omegas, healing is less likely to happen. It is well recognized that omega-3 is not a drug and not a cure as every situation is different. Clinically, some patients respond better than others. However, there is no downside to providing optimal levels of nutrition in order to give a patient the best opportunity to regain as much function as possible following a TBI.
Article author Michael D. Lewis, a retired Army Colonel and physician:
“[omega-3] should be considered mainstream, conventional medicine, if conventional medicine can overcome its inherent bias against nutritional, nonpharmacological therapies.”