The Benefits of Vitamins and Minerals after a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
When you’ve suffered any type of mild bump or blow to the head, chances are good that you’ve suffered a concussion. One of the first things you’ll want to do is schedule an appointment with your primary care physician, who will typically have the skills, knowledge and resources to conduct a thorough assessment and either prescribe a regimen of care or refer you to a specialist.
The Use of Dietary Supplements to Treat a Concussion
Your doctor will typically take a holistic approach, looking at a range of factors, to help you maximize your recovery. One of the important responses to a concussion can be dietary. The foods and beverages you consume can make a significant difference in the speed and extent of your recovery.
What Dietary Supplements Can Help You Recover from Mild TBI?
Scientific studies have shown a number of substances to have substantial promise in promoting brain health after a concussion:
- Omega-3 fish oil—Research indicates that omega-3 fatty acids can be effective in minimizing many of the common effects of a concussion. Primarily, studies show that omega-3 fatty acids can limit the extent of a brain injury, promoting cellular stability. Omega-3 fish oil is found naturally in fish and other seafoods, as well as nuts, seeds and plant oils. It is also available in pill form as a dietary supplement without a prescription.
- Magnesium—Studies consistently show that most adults don’t include enough magnesium in their diets. After a concussion or TBI, the intake of magnesium is even more critical, as it can prevent cell death and neural damage, and help you maintain cognitive function. Magnesium, also available in supplement form without a prescription, is naturally found in green leafy vegetables, nuts, whole grains, seeds and legumes.
- Vitamin B2—B2 is commonly used to treat migraines and can help minimize the pain and discomfort associated with a concussion or traumatic brain injury. Vitamin B2 is found in dairy products, organ meats, salmon and lean beef and pork. It’s also available as an over-the-counter supplement.
- Coenzyme Q10—Also known as COQ10, this substance is available over-the-counter or in such foods as oily fish, organ meats and whole grains. Studies show that it effectively treats migraines and other headaches associated with concussions and may prevent secondary brain damage from concussions.
Contact Us to Set Up an Appointment
At Advantage Healthcare Systems, we have extensive experience working successfully with individuals who suffer any type of concussion, TBI or traumatic brain injury. Call us toll-free at 1-877-487-8289 or fill out the form provided below to schedule an assessment. We offer locations across Texas, including Fort Worth, Dallas and San Antonio.