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Supplements for Vet With PTSD

Monday, 31 December 2012 08:04 AM

I am a 33-year-old combat veteran diagnosed with PTSD and mild traumatic brain injury. What would you recommend to aid the anxiety and the rising blood pressure from those issues?

Dr. Blaylock's Answer:

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is indeed a terrible problem. Research suggests that this condition is an immunoexcitotoxic disorder related to the disorder chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
The solution is to reduce brain inflammation and excitotoxicity. Dietary changes are critical. Avoid all food containing excitotoxins, as they greatly worsen the condition.
Lithium, even in a dose of 5 mg a day has been shown to help. Zinc also helps depression.
Most important is adding DHA to the diet in a dose of 1,000 to 2,000 mg a day. The other vitamins, especially B vitamins and mixed tocopherols and vitamin C, also reduce depression.
Several of the flavonoids are known to reduce anxiety from PTSD, such as curcumin, hesperidin, and quercetin. For more serious cases, hypericum (from St. John’s Wort) has been shown to be more effective than prescription psychiatric drugs.

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