There have been several posts about the importance of taking fish oil and how it can help your body. In a nutshell, fish oil helps reduce inflammation in the body by balancing our omega 3 to omega 6 ratio. The benefits of this balance help curb the effects of modern western diets. The positive results are well documented and tested by research doctors in ivy league schools and scientists around the world. It is the only supplement I take on a regular basis and I firmly believe in its benefits.
The other day I came across an article about the use of very high doses of fish oil to help heal severe brain trauma. I have posted the article below and it contains a link for the story on CNN.
“Nearly 20 days after emerging from the Sago Mining disaster, lone survivor Randall McCloy began to awaken from his coma. Carbon Monoxide poisoning and brain hemorrhage topped a long list of injuries.
His emergence from the coma led to a lengthy recovery period and rehabilitation, which included the use of Omega 3 fatty acids to treat his brain injuries. After three months, McCloy was walking and talking.
Traumatic brain injuries can be marked by swelling and cell death. So far, studies in animals show fish oil has large potential for prohibiting cell death and triggering the brain’s own natural healing process and stimulating neuron growth. These are quite literally the building blocks of the brain. (See here.)
McCloy’s brain injury was unique in that his exposure to toxic gases while trapped inside the mine stripped myelin from his nerve cells. Myelin, which serves as the “protective sheath” around brain cells helps connect them to one another. McCloy’s neurosurgeon at the time, Dr. Julian Bailes believed “restoring his normal brain function was a long shot.” (http://edition.cnn.com/2012/10/19/health/fish-oil-brain-injuries/)
McCloy’s unorthodox treatment was based around extremely high doses of fish oil in an attempt to rebuild his brain, much the way a fetus in the womb builds its brain during prenatal growth. Considering that the brain itself is 30% fatty acids by weight, the simplest way to understand this experimental treatment is that the doctors were simply attempting to replace “ingredients” normally used in the building of a healthy brain.
While large-scale studies are still needed, there is strong data to suggest that Omega-3s can essentially “turn off” proteins that cause neuro-inflammation, while giving the brain its essential biochemical building blocks to re-build nearly all by itself.”
I thought this was pretty interesting stuff and a truly amazing story. If you haven’t added fish oil to your diet yet... What are you waiting for?
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