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Zone Living

Breaking down the latest research on Anti-Inflammatory Nutrition
Written By: Dr. Barry Sears, Ph. D | Creator of the Zone Diet

Written by Kristin Sears
on September 09, 2016


You put on your helmet when you step onto the field, but did you remember to take your fish oil? New insight shows fish oil can reverse inflammation caused by brain trauma.


Football season is here, and fans are breaking out their jerseys and following their fantasy football picks religiously. Even though National Traumatic Brain Injury Awareness Month falls in the beginning of the football season, the fans and NFL alike conveniently ignore the dangers of this sport.


For years, we’ve heard reports of the damaging effects football has had on players’ brains. Last year, there was even a Hollywood film released, Concussion, which put the debilitating effects of the sport into mainstream conversation. The film revealed the truth about brain damage in football players who suffer repeated concussions in the course of normal play.

But the latest movie, and numorous reports, only highlighted one thing we already knew: Traumatic brain injuries cause continuing neuro-inflammation. It's time to tackle this problem head-on.


It’s Possible: You Can Reverse Inflammation Caused by Traumatic Brain Injury

Brain inflammation shown in X-rayOver the past decade, there has been promising work to reverse traumatic brain injury conducted by Dr. Julian Bailes (a.k.a. the doctor portrayed by Alec Baldwin in the movie, Concussion) and my dad, Dr. Barry Sears.


Through animal and human case studies, both Dr. Bailes and Dr. Sears have learned that reversing inflammation caused by a traumatic brain injury can only be accomplished with adequate levels of EPA and DHA (two key omega-3 fatty acids found in fish oil), as well as the subsequent hormones, resolvins, made from EPA and DHA.


Reducing the neurological complications of traumatic brain injury is possible with enough EPA and DHA because they will reduce the ratio in the blood between arachidonic acid (an omega-6 fatty acid) and EPA to between 1.5 and 3. This relationship is referred to as the AA/EPA ratio.


Sadly, the AA/EPA ratio in the average American is about 20, and will be even higher in those with brain trauma. From these findings, Dr. Bailes (along with my dad) have concluded, “the supplemental use of fish oil during football season makes good sense.”


A Revolutionary Catch-all that Football Players Should Receive
Will the NFL and media catch on to this revolutionary protocol for treating traumatic brain injury? They could take a page from the Green Bay Packers’ playbook, the pro team that has been taking OmegaRx fish oil since 2010. Or perhaps Hollywood could release Concussion 2, where Dr. Sears can convey the impact of fish oil on brain trauma recovery. Dr. Sears has been on TV enough times that he could surely make the move to the silver screen.

OmegaRx can help protect against brain injuries in young football playersYet, it’s not just players in the NFL who should be worried. Traumatic brain injury can occur as early as Pop Warner, the national youth football league played by kids as young as five years old. As a female who’s 5'4" on a good day, the urge to play football never appealed to me. But my son, Lukas, may be lured into playing. At nine months, he’s already towering over his baby pals, since clearly my 6'4" dad’s genes skipped a generation. As a parent, I’m extremely uncomfortable with permitting my son to play football knowing what I know about traumatic brain injury. How will he or any other kid accept being told ‘No,’ especially by two hypocritical parents who thoroughly enjoy watching football?


From Pop Warner to pro level, the only weapon for practically guaranteeing brain safety is to not play tackle football.

But if you or a loved one must play, or are feeling lucky, at least you can take high-dose, high-purity fish oil. Your brain will recover faster from a concussion. You wear a helmet to play football. Why not add internal armor? To get double protection, get on a fish oil regimen before you get hit. We recommend our new OmegaRx®2 fish oil. Your brain will thank you.


Get the Score on Youth Football

Here are some scary tidbits from 36 Shocking Youth Football Concussion Statistics, as originally printed by the Health Research Funding organization:

  • Concussion rates for youth under the age of 19 who play in football have doubled in the last decade.
  • The impact speed of a football player who tackles a stationary player is 25 mph.
  • The chances of a youth football athlete suffering a concussion this season is 75%.
  • Manage concussions early. The frontal lobe develops until 25 years old.

You wear a helmet to play football. Why not add internal armor? Get double protection, get on a fish oil regimen before you get hit. We recommend OmegaRx fish oil. Your brain will thank you.


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