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Combination of vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids improves neurological recovery after concussion
Blows to the head can damage the brain. If you get such traumatic brain injuries several times in a row, your chances of developing a condition such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's disease. Supplementation with omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins may offer a solution.
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If the rats had been adult humans, they would have received about 15,000 units of vitamin D3 and 1,100 milligrams of omega-3 fatty acids daily. Readers of this free web magazine will of course realize that these doses are on the high side, to put it euphemistically - and that they don't have to take these doses themselves.
When brains are damaged by a physical blow, they contain more proteins such as tau, glial fibrillary acidic protein [GFAP], ubiquitin c-terminal hydrolase L1 [UCH-L1] and neurofilament light chain [NF-L]. So the researchers looked at the concentration of those proteins in the brains of the rats.
The situation was different with the concentration of tau protein, glial fibrillary acidic protein and ubiquitin c-terminal hydrolase L1. When the Americans measured these concentrations 30 days after the concussion, they saw a significant increase in the rats that had a concussion but had not received any supplements. In the test animals that had consumed extra vitamin D and omega-3 fatty acids, a concussion did not lead to an increase in these three proteins.
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