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Invisible Injury in Brain Health and the Role of Nutrition in Recovery

KHNI Q Science Short
Dr. Lisa Ryan, PhD, RNutr
Invisible Injury in Brain Health and the Role of Nutrition in Recovery
Invisible Injury in Brain Health and the Role of Nutrition in Recovery

KHNI Q Science Short, Dr. Lisa Ryan, PhD, RNutr discusses the latest research on the effects of brain injury and how nutrition may have a role in brain health recovery.

Concussions, often called the ‘invisible injury’ because there are no apparent external symptoms, can affect people at all stages of life following an incident like a fall (elderly), heads banging in a school yard (children), or individuals of any age playing a sport. Sometimes it can be something completely innocuous that causes an impact to the head. Concussion can have short-term and long-term effects on the brain and body, often resulting is what is called a ‘cellular crisis’. The body has increased nutrition needs during this time, but currently there is no recommended nutrition therapy.

Learn answers to questions like:

  1. What is a concussion/brain injury?
  2. What physiological effect does it have on the body?
  3. How is concussion currently managed?
  4. Why might nutrition have a role to play?
  5. Which nutrients and non-nutrients are postulated to play a role?