Brain injuries and multiple concussions are common in NFL football players. Thirty retired NFL players with brain damage and cognitive impairment were treated with natural substances at an outpatient neuropsychiatric clinic at UC Irvine School of Medicine.
All patients were supplemented with Fish Oils (55.6 grams per day), a multiple-vitamin, and the following brain enhancing nutrients; Ginkgo and Vinpocetine to enhance blood flow to the brain, ALCAR and Huperzine A to increase the level of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter necessary for learning and memory), plus NAC and ALA (powerful brain antioxidants) on average for six-months.
There were statistically significant, real world increases in scores of attention, memory, reasoning, information processing speed and accuracy in the Microcog test (a battery of tests for cognitive functions). The brain SPECT scans showed improved circulation. The nutrients improved cognitive skills and cerebral blood flow and this could have widespread implications for patients with traumatic brain injuries. The study is published in the Jan-Mar issue of the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs.