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Tom Brady's Wife Reveals He Suffered Concussion

The wife of Tom Brady, Gisele Bündchen, revealed that he suffered a concussion during the 2016-17 NFL season. As reported by Bleacher Report, this announcement was a bit of a surprise because the four-time Super Bowl MVP missed no time due to injury last year. 

The NFL has a concussion protocol in place to protect the players, but whether it is adequate is hotly debated. It would be a damning indictment of their system if Tom Brady, the most famous player in the game, has been suffering concussions and slipping through the cracks. 

The punishment inflicted on the human body during a game of football can be extremely severe. Moreover, the long-term impact, physical and mental, has in many cases proven to be absolutely devastating. It is no longer possible to ignore the tragic plight of many former NFL players 

Gisele Bündchen addressed some of these concerns.  She revealed Tom Brady now eats a plant-based diet and he has avoided processed junk food for years. The 39-year-old quarterback has made headlines before for his interest in nutrition. In 2015, Tom Brady called out Coca-Cola and Frosted Flakes as “poison” in a radio interview

He may still be at the height of his powers, but the end of his illustrious career is approaching. Considering the concussion concerns, he may want to consider what researchers say about how to heal the brain with a nourishing diet

Sixty percent of your brain is made up of fat. DHA (docosahexanoic acid, a type of omega-3 fat) alone makes up about 15 percent to 20 percent of your brain's cerebral cortex. It's found in high levels in your neurons — the cells of your central nervous system, where it provides structural support.

Because your brain is literally built from omega-3 fats, it makes sense that high doses of them following injury might support your brain's natural healing process. There is the famous case where a 17-year old football player, who was left in a coma after a devastating car accident, regained his health after physicians administered high-dose omega-3 fats through a feeding tube. 

There was a similar case involving a coal miner who suffered severe brain injuries. His neurosurgeon administered high doses of EPA and DHA and believes the combination helped successfully reduce inflammation and repair the brain damage. Animal studies have also demonstrated that omega-3 fats may trigger the brain’s healing process. 

Unfortunately, this is still considered an "unorthodox" treatment for traumatic brain injury, and is not routinely ordered as a standard of care, primarily because large-scale human trials have yet to be conducted (and are not likely to be conducted since omega-3 fats are widely available over the counter, and are not easily patentable by pharmaceutical companies).

It is worth noting that the plant-based diet championed by his wife may not provide the same benefits as animal sourced fats. Dietary fish and marine oil supplements are the most direct source of EPA and DHA. 

Plants, on the other hand, contain the parent omega-3, alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), which can be converted into EPA and DHA. However, this conversion is ineffective in general, and appears to get progressively more ineffective with age. 

If you are interested in more cutting-edge dietary information, and want to optimize your health I recommend reading my nutrition plan. It is a powerful tool that can help both beginners and experts alike. 
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