Food for Rudy’s Brain!

Between recommendations of others, and some internet research I’ve been doing lately, I have discovered that there are a multitude of foods and supplements that are indicated to improve brain function in those with a traumatic brain injury (TBI).  I know, I know, I never thought about brain-building foods before my concussion either, but in case any of you readers are dealing with a TBI, or if you are just curious, I’ll present some of the foods and supplements I’ve been including to try and repair my damaged brain.

It turns out that even you fully-brain-functional people should pay close attention: many of these studies showed that certain food and dietary supplements before sustaining a TBI drastically reduced the resultant brain damage and is correlated with significant improvements in prognosis after a TBI.

1. Wild-caught alaskan salmon.  This stuff is chock-full of omega-3 fatty acids, specifically eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), that are all-around “good for you” but seem especially promising for repairing the damage sustained in a TBI.

I'm not sure if anyone likes salmon from a can as much as I do.

Eat the bones. They're good for you.

Some resources:

If it works for rats…

Too late now?

2.  Flax seed meal.  Flax has a ton of omega-3 — even more than Salmon, but it is in the form of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA).  ALA has a great track record and improving the health of your blood vessels, but for those with a TBI, it can’t quite measure up to DHA.  DHA is a significant component of the stuff that the brain is made of.  But some research from Australia has shown that ALA still improves recovery from TBI.

Bob's for health!

Bob's for health!

3. Blueberries.  These are just too good to be good for me, too!  According to the literature on antioxidants and the brain, blueberry supplementation in rats was beneficial.  Although the research focuses on the effect of blueberry diet before a stroke, it is probable that the antioxidant effects also facilitate repairs post-TBI.

3.  Ginkgo, obviously.  Ginkgo helps with everything brain related, right?  Well it is recommended specifically for TBI, both in human patients, as concluded by this (highly cited) review of pertinent research. Apparently it also works on rats, so it must be good for me!

4. Nuun (of course)! Everyone says that good hydration is critical when recovering from a TBI.  Even Uncle Sam wants you to stay hydrated following a TBI (couple lines from the bottom of the single, monstrous paragraph — search “hydration”).  I have been feeling significantly better in the head on rides when I drink Nuun instead of water.  Amazing but true.  Nuun also cures polio and whitens your teeth.


~ by awerbuch on August 10, 2010.

One Response to “Food for Rudy’s Brain!”

  1. Don’t you think it’s a little “too soon” for Polio jokes…what next, jokes about the mumps, the plague…try to think of others before you write.

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