The Researched Solution to Traumatic Brain Injuries

posted by Christopher Hufford, DC on 4/18/2017 in Blog

Have you suffered from a brain injury resulting in disability, fatigue, brain fog, tremors, anxiety, depression, and/or the inability to focus?  Hundreds of thousands of Americans also suffer from injury to the brain from concussive forces, better known as traumatic brain injury (TBI).  No matter the cause of the injury, the sequela following a brain injury can be debilitating to brain and body function.  TBIs cause brain tissue to decay and die, which leads to poor cognitive (thinking) ability, oxidative stress (early aging), slower electrical connections between brain cells (slowed reaction time), inability for the brain to adapt to stress, poor perception of the external world (seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and feeling) and brain disorders like anxiety and Alzheimer’s disease. Treatment for TBIs, to date, has been ineffective and infrequent.

Finally, however, you do not have to suffer any longer!  Researchers at UCLA have found a long-term, effective solution!  In the article “The Salutary Effects of DHA Dietary supplementation on Cognition, Neuroplasticity, and Membrane Homeostasis after Brain Trauma”1, the research team found that supplementing with an omega-3 fatty acid called docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) significantly improves brain health and function following a TBI.  DHA works to improve brain cell connections and also regrows dysfunctional brain tissue.  It stimulates powerful brain hormones that bring the brain back into balance.  One of the hormones stimulated is called brain­derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which acts as “Miracle-Gro” for brain tissue.  Simply, brain cells are able to regrow after injury.  DHA also works in brain pathways to increase stress resistance, which allows the other systems in the body to heal as a result of the brain coming back into balance. Your ability to think is amplified, while brain fog is diminished.  The symptoms related to a TBI begin to vanish as the brain is restored to healthy and optimal function and electrical connections are boosted, early aging is reduced, perception of the external world is enhanced, and the chance of developing a serious neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s significantly decreases. 

This is the article which shows evidence of this exciting information.  If you have suffered from a TBI and are experiencing debilitating symptoms, ask Dr. Kellie, Dr. Miranda or myself how DHA and regular chiropractic care can help your brain to function better, giving you a better quality of life! 

1.  Wu, A., et al. The Salutary Effects of DHA Dietary Supplementation on Cognition, Neuroplasticity, and Membrane Homeostasis after Brain Trauma. J Neurotrauma, 2011. Oct; 28(10),  2113-2122. doi:10.1089/neu.2011.1872

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Christopher Hufford, DC

Dr. Chris Hufford is a family wellness chiropractor at Iowa Family Chiropractic

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