STEP 1: Begin with a high quality fish oil supplement—Not all fish oil is the same
- The omega‐3 fish oil product should be a concentrated formulation that is molecularly distilled, pharmaceutical grade, triglyceride form (not ethyl esters), and meets European Pharmacopeia standards.
- For Capsules: Each 1,000mg soft gel capsule should contain approximately 600mg of EPA & DHA omega‐3s combined.
You will need Approximately 180 capsules for first two weeks (175 to be exact).
- For Liquid concentrate: 1 ½ teaspoons (7.5 ml) should contain approximately 3000mg (3gm) of EPA & DHA omega-3s combined.
**Keep product refrigerated after purchase**
STEP 2: Begin taking your omega-3 capsules as soon as possible following an injury as follows:
- Take FIVE capsules (3 g of EPA/DHA) three times a day for 7 days (Breakfast‐Lunch‐Dinner or before work/school – after work/school – and bedtime.
With high quality Omega-3, 5 capsules or 1 ½ teaspoons will provide approximately 3 g (3000 mg) of EPA/DHA . Read the label and add up the EPA & DHA per serving and determine total servings needed to reach 3 g of EPA/DHA. In most cases, five capsules of a concentrated fish oil is sufficient.
- Take FIVE capsules (3 g of EPA/DHA) two times a day for 7 days (Breakfast-Dinner).
IMPORTANT NOTE: If symptoms are improving, but not yet back to normal or where you and your healthcare provider think you should be, strongly consider staying on higher doses for a longer period of time until you achieve the results you believe you and your healthcare provider believe you should achieve.
STEP 3: Purchase more omega-3 supplement to continue a MAINTENANCE DOSE that is important to maintain optimal brain health.
- Take FIVE capsules (3 g of EPA/DHA) a day.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Our experience is that patients typically notice improvements within the first week, often in the first several days. Depending on the individual and the injury, patients have described being able to think more clearly, more energy throughout the day, decrease headache frequency and/or intensity, and a sense of calmness. Individual results may vary.
FLEXIBILITY IN THE PROTOCOL
Every individual is different. This protocol has been developed as a guideline and patients and their healthcare provider may consider adjusting the dosage. For example, if the injury is more severe or happened months or years prior, the patient may find they need to be on the higher doses for a longer period of time.
USING THE PROTOCOL FOR OTHER THAN HEAD INJURIES
Every situation and person is different. While we have been gaining clinical experience using this protocol following concussions and head injuries, we have limited experience with patients using this protocol following a stroke, for ADHD, depression, and other situations where the brain may benefit from having more of the nutritional foundation of omega-3s.
We welcome, and strongly encourage, you to send an email at < firstname.lastname@example.org > to let us know how it’s going. We love success stories! But if you have problems or issues, feedback and constructive criticism is always welcome to improve how we can recommend a better nutritional foundation for brain health.
This protocol has not been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has classified omega‐3 fatty acids as “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS). In fact, The FDA has ruled that up to 3 grams of EPA+DHA is safe to be included in the food supply of Americans without fear of adverse events (in Europe and Canada, 5 grams is considered GRAS). In addition, there are no known significant drug interactions with omega‐3 fatty acids. When using higher amounts of EPA and DHA, it is important for persons considering doing this protocol to do so under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
While bleeding is often expressed as a concern, no research has ever been published to show this to be a clinically relevant issue. Research has shown that omega-3s do not potentiate bleeding issues with “blood thinner” medications such as Coumadin or heparin (these types of medications inhibit platelets from being able to clot, so omegas cannot make it worse). Practical experience has shown that people may bruise easier when taking high levels of omega-3s, similar to taking an aspirin a day. Every individual is different. Consult with your doctor for the best advice for you.
Following the protocol does not constitute a doctor‐patient relationship with any member of the Brain Health Education & Research Institute or the Institute itself. It does not imply, explicitly or implicitly our knowledge of condition or that any member of the Institute is treating any medical condition for you.