The Best Supplements For Concussion Recovery
Contrary to popular belief, there is a lot more that can be done to help quicken concussion recovery than simply waiting and watching the grass grow. Aside from cranial work and physical medicine techniques, temporary life style changes and the avoidance of left brain activity, nutrition plays a big role in concussion recovery. With a focus on getting the brain the nutrients it needs, and then supporting a healing environment, these are what we typically recommend:
Fish Oil (8,000 mg/day, in divided doses, with food)
Healthy omega-3 fats. Look for fish oil that is higher in DHA, which helps tune down brain inflammation, specifically. Make sure and buy brands that are certified to be mercury free, otherwise you might be making your brain trauma worse!
MCT Oil (1 TEAspoon, two times per day, with food)
Since the brain is primarily fat, healthy fats such as these help improve neurological function and prevent degenerative diseases in the brain, amongst other things. If you have digestive troubles go down to 1 teaspoon per day for a week, then work your way up to two teaspoons per day (in divided doses).
Turmeric (2,000 mg/day, in divided doses, with food)
Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory and mild blood thinner that will help the body rid itself of inflammatory mediators that cause symptoms and irritation to sensitive neural tissue. Most turmeric supplements on the market are poorly absorbed, no matter what the label advertises. Look for one of these words on the label to ensure it bioavailable: C3 Reduct, Bioperine, Black Pepper).
Nitric Oxide (varies based on ingredients used)
This supplements improves circulation and brings more blood to the brain. Blood carriers oxygen, which can decrease healing time and improve cognition (clear up brain fog).
Dr. Scoppa is a certified craniopath with an office in Bellevue, WA. He has unique and effective tools to help aid the body in recovery from symptoms and trauma relating to concussions.