In a recent case study of a teenage who suffered from a severe traumatic brain injury after a car accident, researchers found that substantial amounts of omega-3 fatty acids helped to optimize his recovery.
Ten days after his injury, the teenager was declared to be in a vegetative state. He began receiving 15 mL of an omega-3 fatty acid supplement, which provided 9756 mg of EPA and 6756 mg of DHA. Eleven days later, he was weaned off the ventilator and started on therapy. He continued to improve until he graduated from high school, three months after his injury. He continued to take this level of omega-3 fatty acids for the next year.
It is well known that omega-3 fatty acids are critical for brain development and function. We also know that they increase the protection of brain cells and the growth of new brain cells, which is important after a brain injury. This case study showed that substantial amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, administered soon after a brain injury helped to optimize the nutritional foundation needed for the brain for recovery.
Lewis M, Ghassemi P, & Hibbeln J. Case report: Therapeutic use of omega-3 fatty acids in severe head trauma. American Journal of Emergency Medicine. (September 2012).