What You Can Do at Home to Heal Your Car Accident Brain Injury
Concussion, Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Traumatic Brain Injury may heal faster with newer vitamin delivery method.
Vitamin C and other nutrients are often prescribed for those suffering injuries to the brain from car accidents, sports injury and even military trauma. These nutrients have been linked to decreases in damaging free-radicals released after a brain injury that contribute to brain malfunction and also slow healing.
In the past, intravenous (IV) vitamin C was thought to be the most effective way to get high doses of Vit C into the blood stream to help brain injury victims and others with serious illnesses. Studies had previously shown a higher concentration of Vit C in the blood of those taking it intravenously over those taking Vit C orally. What these studies did not factor in was, how much of the Vit C in the blood was actually entering the cells? And what kind of dose is needed to achieve optimum saturation of Vt. C into the cells where it is needed to heal tissues?
Vitamin C given by IV has been shown to result in about 20% absorption into the cells. Taking vitamin C orally via tablets and powders is considerably less. Interestingly, as doses of oral vitamin C increases, the percentage of it reaching our cells drastically decreases!
A new natural method of delivering vitamin C and many other nutrients shows an astonishing 90% tissue absorption.
Meet the liposome.
Liposomes are tiny packages made of phospholipids (fats) that can contain another substance. Because the liposome is made of phospholipids, the exact same substance our cell membranes (walls) are made of, the liposome can attach to cell walls and empty their contents directly into the cell. The delivery of substances with liposomes has been going on for some time, but it is most recently that it has been studied and found to be effective for Vitamin C delivery.
Liposomal delivery vs intravenous delivery of Vitamin C
Vitamin C is a water soluble nutrient and as such has a difficult time breaking thru the fatty phospholipid layers of our cells. Fat and water do not mix. This is why IV vitamin C results in only 20% absorption, while liposomal delivery yields about 90% absorption. Therefore, for every gram of liposomal vitamin C, you would have to have 8.3 grams injected via IV to yield the same tissue absorption. That’s a huge difference. Let alone the fact that you’d need a doctor to administer a Vitamin C drip for you which is costly, time consuming and many doctors have no idea how or why to do so. Liposomal vitamin C can be readily purchased for home use and taken with a cold beverage.
Can’t I just take vitamin C tablets and do the same thing?
No. Most people cannot tolerate more than 1 gram of oral vitamin C per day; the most common side effect is stomach cramps and diarrhea. Because vitamin C in higher doses is not absorbed well, your actual yield is fairly low as well.
People taking liposomal Vitamin C can take several grams per day without side effects; though it is recommended to begin with 1-2 doses of 1 gram each to start to familiarize your digestive system and then ramp up from there if need be.
Use and dose of liposomal vitamin C
For general daily health promotion and illness prevention, 1-2 grams per day is sufficient. After a brain trauma or concussion, you would want between 4-6 doses a day until healing is achieved.
The Mother of All Antioxidants
Another nutrient that is commonly used to promote healing of the brain is glutathione. Glutathione is a very powerful, natural antioxidant produced in the liver and is responsible to make other important antioxidants and substances work efficiently. It is sometimes called the “mother load of antioxidants” or “mother of all antioxidants” because it affects so many processes in our bodies. Some people do not produce enough glutathione resulting in poor health, others need to boost their levels because of illness or injury. The problem is that glutathione is not absorbed well in the gut. It is mostly destroyed before it reaches our cells.
Now thanks to liposomal delivery, glutathione can be taken orally and high yields can be seen in the cells. Liposomal glutathione is protected from destruction in the gut by its phospholipid container and is readily absorbed into the cells.
This is great news for brain injury victims, who can now take 2 very important nutrients orally without relying on doctors to inject them.
If you have suffered a brain injury or concussion or know someone who has, you should strongly consider taking liposomal vitamin C and glutathione. These safe and natural nutrients just might be what’s been missing from your treatment protocol and keeping you from being as healthy as you can be.
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