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Traumatic Brain Injury & Ketones

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  Published on March 23rd, 2020
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  Last modified April 19th, 2021
traumatic brain injury

What is Traumatic Brain Injury? Athletes, especially football players, are highly susceptible to traumatic brain injuries (TBI). Repetitive neurological injuries, like TBIs or concussions, can lead to a condition known as CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy). Studies have shown a high percentage of NFL players, who frequently experience sports-related injuries, have developed CTE. TBIs and CTE can cause inflammation, oxidative stress, and mitochondrial damage. Common side effects include nausea, vomiting, headaches, mood or personality changes, trouble sleeping, impaired brain function, and memory issues. How Can Ketone Help TBIs? One potential cure to traumatic brain injury may be the presence of ketone bodies (from fasting, exogenous ketone consumption, or following a ketogenic diet). While TBI causes initial injury to the brain, many of the short and long-term negative effects may be caused by the secondary injury. Following brain trauma, a cascade of events occurs which causes a robust increase in energy needs to the brain with an impaired ability to use carbohydrates/glucose. Thus, during and following traumatic brain injury, your brain is starving for energy/fuel, but most…

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