Many Americans are aware that taking vitamin supplements is an efficient way to maintain adequate levels of vital nutrients and minerals, as part of a healthy diet. Now, scientists associated with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) have announced that consuming plenty of protein, calories and vitamins during the first two weeks following a traumatic brain injury (TBI) is an essential part of minimizing cerebral damage.
A report from the Institute of Medicine found that loading up on nutrients gives the brain plenty of the molecular building blocks it need to begin repairing neural damage caused by TBIs. The DOD has recommended that all military personnel who have sustained these injuries should be put on such a diet, which can reduce inflammation.
In particular, researchers pointed to a number of nutrients that are most important for keeping swelling at bay and giving the brain sustenance. These included the vitamin B choline, creatine, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.
Outside the realm of TBIs, individuals who want to give their bodies an adequate vitamin load may consider taking a daily dietary supplement after meals.