IV Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injury:
The combination of the Myer’s cocktail and glutathione IV’s can improve cognitive and motor function following traumatic brain injury. A principal issue post-TBI is the degree neuroinflammation, which is directly correlated to the severity of the short-term and long-term consequences of TBI. In TBI patients, the mitochondria in brain cells become damaged, activating immune cells (glia, microglia, and astrocytes). These immune cells release inflammatory cytokines which recruit even more inflammatory cells to the area. This results in brain cell swelling, death, decreased energy production, all of which lead to impaired cognitive and motor function(10).
The Myers cocktail IV contains Vitamin C and other antioxidants which have been shown to decrease oxidative stress and inflammatory responses. By doing do, the Myer’s cocktail can help minimize further cells damage and improve brain health and function after a TBI(11, 12). Glutathione, the master antioxidant, has been used to reduce oxidative stress and enhance cellular detoxification and can be part of a multi-modal therapy in correcting the metabolic crisis in TBI.
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