Dr. Michael Lewis has developed “The Omega Protocol,” which he believes is a tool for management and recovery from TBI. This protocol advocates very high doses of fish oil (source of DHA and EPA, the important omega 3 fatty acids.) He stresses that this is a therapeutic use of fish oil, not just a nutritional use.
While a lot more research is needed before uniform recommendations can be made about nutritional treatments for concussion, there are some good general nutrition guidelines for optimum brain health and function.
- Eat breakfast every day for improved cognitive function and alertness
- Include plenty of brightly colored fruits and vegetables and spices to provide plant phytochemicals that protect cells
- Include foods such as fish, flaxseeds, walnuts, and canola oil that are good sources of omega 3 fatty acids
- Include good sources of iron such as lean meats, legumes, and leafy green vegetables to maintain normal blood levels of iron
It will be exciting to see if nutrition will eventually become a key player in treating concussions. The IOM report cautions, however that nutritional interventions don’t stand alone, but are complementary and supportive of other therapies.
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© 2015 Kathleen Searles, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN