picture of blog post about curcumin and it's effects on concussion

Curcumin is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. These properties make curcumin a mainstay in the management of traumatic brain injuries such as concussion. When you come to Absolute Health and Wellness, our approach to dealing with concussion is simple: we aim to reduce inflammation and oxidation within the brain. Treatment is usually quite conservative, and we focus on evidenced based practices.

What is a Concussion?

A concussion is simply a type of brain injury caused by a bump, blow or jolt to the head. Impacts causing a concussion may be direct blow or rotational in nature (like spinning) [1].
The rapid movement associated with the physical trauma can stretch and damage brain cells. The damage is mediated by various chemicals and metabolic changes, but at the end of the day is inflammation and oxidation. So, managing a concussion should involve managing inflammation and oxidation.

What is Curcumin

Curcumin is a natural yet powerful anti-oxidant. Curcumin has been extensively researched and shown to be beneficial in a wide range of conditions [2] including arthritis, skin health, blood thinning, cancer, hypertension and much more.

Curcumin in a plant chemical naturally found in turmeric root. Eating turmeric is a nice way to obtain low levels of curcumin. Sometimes, when we need higher doses, we rely on curcumin supplements.

Curcumin for Concussion.

One really important aspect of taking supplements for concussion is the ability for that substance to cross the blood brain barrier – and curcumin can [3]!
Curcumin has been shown to improve traumatic brain injury outcomes by restoring homeostasis in the brain [3], my exerting its strong anti-oxidant capacity, ability to reduce lipid peroxidation (damage) and reducing neuro-inflammation.
There is even some evidence that supplementing curcumin prior to concussion may improve balance and make your brain more efficient in energy metabolism.

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About the Author - Dr. Johann de Chickera

Dr. Johann de Chickera is a naturopath at Absolute Health and Wellness in Paris Ontario

Dr. Johann is a licensed naturopathic doctor and co-owner of Absolute Health and Wellness. He completed his 4-year degree at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine (CCNM). His clinical focus lies in chronic disease, such as those related to the Gastrointestinal, Endocrine, and Immune Systems.

His approach to medicine relies on working with the patient to come up with a feasible, multi-factorial approach that addresses all complaints at once. He employs a strong background in diagnostic medicine and human physiology and pathology to diagnose and treat. His treatment involve a combination of nutritional counselling, botanical medicine, eastern medicine (acupuncture), nutraceutical supplementation and hands on physical medicine.

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