Melissa was chasing her grandson through the playground equipment. She had her head down watching him, so she didn't see the low-hanging bar. Her head hit the bar with a thud and all of a sudden life changed. She hit the bar with enough force to cause a concussion, which can cause ongoing headaches, confusion, fogginess, dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and a host of other symptoms. Melissa was dazed and not herself when I talked to her.
It had been a few days since she hit her head. But she still wasn't feeling better. She asked me what she could do to alleviate the symptoms. I asked her if she was taking anything other than over-the-counter pain pills. She said she was taking turmeric and CoQ10. I said that was good, but asked her how much she was taking.
The dose of turmeric she was taking for head trauma wasn't enough. I told her to take three to four capsules up to three times a day for a few days. This isn't a dose you would need to take on an ongoing basis. It's just to treat an injury. I've seen this work with everything from ankle sprains to head colds to other injuries like concussions.
However, turmeric isn't enough to fully treat a traumatic brain injury. Several months ago, I told you about an amazing study that showed how the antioxidant luteolin can help with spinal injuries. This nutrient can help with brain injuries as well.
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One study showed that luteolin suppresses lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced IL-6 protein and mRNA expression. IL-6 is one of the first cytokines upregulated after a brain injury. Several other studies show similar results in treating brain injury.
You can find luteolin in celery and green peppers, but foods won't give you enough to treat a concussion or other brain injury. You need to take a supplement like Advanced Memory Formula. And you'll need to take more than what's recommended on the label. No one knows exactly how much you need to take to treat a brain injury. But 60 mg daily per 100 pounds of body weight is a good starting point. It's better to take more right after the injury and then taper it down after a few days.
Turmeric is available in Reduloxin, which is a powerful anti-inflammatory formula. Again, take three or four capsules up to three times daily for a few days, then taper it down to the dose recommended on the bottle.
With any brain injury, it's vital you take these nutrients as soon as you can after the accident. Most studies show they work far better when taken immediately after the injury.
One last note: It's extremely important you let your brain heal completely after any injury before resuming any strenuous activity. Reinjury can cause permanent damage that may affect your well-being for the rest of your life. If you have kids or grandkids playing sports, a concussion should be treated immediately and give them ample time to heal. Make sure they go through the normal concussion protocols before playing more. Just because they take these nutrients doesn't mean they can skip the necessary precautions. Take all brain injuries very seriously. I'll tell you my experience with head trauma on Tuesday.
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