BRAIN HEALTH | 9.14.2015 | BY DAYA ALEXANDER GRANT, Ph.D., M.S.
The scientific research on proper nutrition post-TBI is in its infancy and the best plan is likely unique to each person. But, we do know that a well-balanced diet is critical for brain health.
One nutrient that may hold promise for recovery after TBI is protein. Just for a moment, let’s take it back to high school biology. Protein, as you may remember, is made up of amino acids and it’s long been known that a diet rich in amino acids can improve cognitive performance.
Additionally, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recently issued recommendations to the Department of Defense (DOD) that military service members who had a TBI should intake higher-than-normal levels of protein acutely after injury. The IOM cited that protein may elevate energy levels and reduce inflammation, two critical components of TBI recovery.
Go enjoy some lean protein, such as chicken or fish, or go make yourself a protein shake!