Friday, 13 May 2011

Right Diet Could Help Speed up Healing of Traumatic Brain Injury

Some of the most extensive research of interest to California brain injury lawyers is now being financed by the military. In the latest studies commissioned by the U.S. Defense Department, researchers have found that a person with a traumatic brain injury could have a much quicker recovery, if the brain injury victim is fed as soon as possible after the brain injury. More specifically, the diet after a traumatic brain injury should be high in calories, and include vital proteins and nutrients.

According to the research conducted by the Institutes of Medicine, a combination of calories and nutrients administered to patients within 24 hours after the traumatic brain injury can help reduce inflammation of the brain. The study found that proteins and energy are most beneficial if administered soon after the brain injury.

The study is recommending that persons with a brain injury be placed on an immediate program of energy and protein for about two weeks after the injury. The recommendation is at least a gram of protein per kilogram of body weight.

The researchers also conducted an analysis of other studies on animals with brain injuries to determine what kinds of nutrients are most beneficial in treating brain injuries. They found that certain proteins like creatine help give the brain an additional boost of energy that can aid in the survival and healing of brain cells. This nutrient is commonly found in meat. Also, resveratrol, a nutrient that is commonly found in red grapes, and curcumin, which is derived from the spice turmeric, were found to be beneficial in controlling inflammation after an injury.

More research is needed before scientists can define a specific nutrition therapy program that contains all the vital nutrients and proteins that are needed to benefit brain injury patients the most. However, the study does seem to indicate that the right diet soon after a brain injury in combination with other forms of therapy, could enhance a patient's chances of survival.