Brain trauma is characterized by disproportional proinflammatory cytokine (e.g., tumor necrosis factorα, interleukin1, and interleukin6) production and release that is associated with increased counterregulatory hormones. It also triggers hypermetabolic and catabolic states, severely impairing nitrogen homeostasis. With proper cellular nutrition following traumatic brain injury (TBI), patients can reduce or limit these harmful factors while also assisting the regrowth promoted by regenerative therapies such as stem cell and PRP injections.
At TBI Therapy, patients receive a nutrition regimen designed to improve cell health and brain function. This includes an intravenous (IV) therapy that provides vitamins and nutrients to act as stem cell supplements, as well as a ketogenic diet that produces brain-cell-fueling ketone bodies.
What Is Stem Cell Nutrition?
As would be expected, a nutritionally optimized individual will undoubtedly benefit more from stem cell therapies than a poorly nourished one. Patients who eat a variety of whole foods, adequate protein, omega-3 [i] and other healthy fats, as well as nutrient dense vegetables and leafy greens increase a favorable outcome with stem cell therapies.
Dietary protein allows for increased amino acids as well as zinc in the body to aide in the efforts of collagen deposition [ii,iii].
Vitamin C from food sources also improve collagen status [iv].
Dietary collagen ingestion from animal sources is highly encouraged for aiding in collagen and cartilage synthesis. Diets high in refined carbohydrates and sugar hinder healing and the immune system [v]. Patients with impaired blood sugar handling do not respond as well to treatment. Impaired wound healing and increased infection risk are well known in diabetics [vi]. These patients do not do as well clinically with regenerative injection therapies as a whole.
As a good portion of Americans are dealing with some level of obesity and blood sugar dysregulation, nutritional intervention can go a long way in helping these patients not only manage their musculoskeletal pain but improve their outcomes with regenerative and stem cell therapies.
A varied diet of nutritionally dense whole foods, high in protein and healthy fats, and low in refined carbohydrates and other inflammatory grains will ensure that optimal tissue and blood status is achieved by supplying the body with necessary macro and micronutrients for best clinical outcomes.
Cited from Dr. Tyna Moore’s Newsletter. Read her published article in The Pain Practitioner.
How Does IV Nutrition Help Heal TBI?
IV nutrition therapy provides TBI patients with Bvitamins, minerals, vitamin C, glutathione and other nutrients in order to:
- Improve metabolic activity
- Enable detoxification
- Reduce systemic pain
- Reduce inflammation in brain tissue
What Is a Ketogenic Diet and MCT Oil?
Associated with improved brain function, a ketogenic diet is a high-fat, adequate-protein, low-carbohydrate diet. TBI Therapy’s recommended ketogenic diet includes Bulletproof’s Brain Octane oil because it contains the most ketogenic MCT in coconut oil, C8, from the heart of the coconut.
Ketogenic diets and MCT oil have long been used to treat autistic and epileptic children. One aspect of this treatment hypothesis is an associated modification of the tricarboxylic acid cycle to increase the synthesis of the neurotransmitter gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA), leading to neuronal hyperpolarization and less of the neuroexcitatory glutamate. This improves protection from oxidative stress and increased synthesis of calming neurotransmitters (including GABA).