Brain injuriesCould amino acids improve the state after brain injuries?

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is a somewhat experimental and new treatment, but it has produced some very promising results. It definitely does depend on the nature of the brain injury and on the age of the candidate for treatment. It basically involves optimizing neurotransmitters.
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scarletpimpernel | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Post #4 makes a good point.  There are a variety of brain injuries.  My understanding is that amino-acid treatment is normally reserved for humans who have had a physical injury to the brain, not for those who have suffered trauma from witnessing or being involved in horrific events and who then deal with more psychological symptoms than physical.

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booksnmore | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

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Yes. You might google TAAT...targeted amino acid therapy. Companies like neurogistics work with patients to balance brain chemicals. I don't know what kind of brain injuries you're thinking about, but brain injury doesn't have to mean a "blow to the head" but can also mean injury due to mental trauma, infant deprivation, neglect, etc. I know several parents who have sought TAAT for their children for those types of brain injuries.

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ask996 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

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Neurological research has indicated that the use of amino-acids in animals with brain injuries seems to restore the cognitive abilities of the animals. This could then lead to the first truly effective treatment for this type of injury in humans. The use of the amino acids restores the appropriate balance of neurochemicals to the injured part of the brain.

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lrwilliams | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

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There have been studies on mice that a diet of amino acids after traumatic brain injury may improve the cognitive brain functions of the mice. There is also limited testing that humans given a diet of amino acids have experienced mild improvements ion cognitive functioning.

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traumamom | eNotes Newbie

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TAAT is effective for non-physical neurological injuries, including trauma, PTSD and related conditions, plus "run of the mill" depression, anxiety, ADHD, etc.. I speak from experience, it works very well for my family!!! 

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versatilekamini | College Teacher | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Amino Acids are the "building Blocks" of the body. Yes neurology researchers have shown that feeding amino acids to brain-injured animals restores their cognitive abilities and may set the stage for the first effective treatment for cognitive impairments suffered by people with traumatic brain injuries. Besides building cells and repairing tissue, amino acids form antibodies to combat invading bacteria & viruses.