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Memory Booster Supplement Found to Have No Benefits for Brain Injury Victims

By Alpert Schreyer on November 29, 2012

Brain Injury TreatmentResults from a recent study have found that a memory booster supplement known as citicoline has no benefits for those who have suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI). As reported by The Star Tribune, the U.S. military had high hopes for the supplement and was hoping to use it for treating wounded troops.

Citicoline is marketed online and is used in various health drinks as a memory booster, and the supplement has been used in dozens of countries in treatment for TBIs. However, evidence concerning whether or not it actually works had been debated. U.S. scientists had hoped that it could help speed up recovery from brain injuries, but the research showed that the supplement did not work any better than a placebo.

The study included 1,213 patients ages 18 and older who had been hospitalized with mild to severe brain trauma. Half were treated with citicoline, also known as CDP choline, within 24 hours of suffering a TBI and given treatments of 2,000 milligrams each day for three months. The second half received dummy treatment. Both groups were followed for six months to view how they progressed in recovery from their injuries.

By the end of the study, no noticeable differences were found between the groups, with a total of 73 deaths split relatively equally between both sides.

Citicoline consists of a chemical needed for building brain cells and the Institute of Medicine was hoping that the supplement could make a difference in the treatment of TBI victims both in and out of the military.

Recovery from a traumatic brain injury is no easy process, but with the help of a St. Mary’s County brain injury attorney at Alpert Schreyer, you can have the chance to hold those who caused your injury at fault and find compensation that will pay for your losses and the medical care you need for recovery. To learn more about how we can help you, call (844) 632-7274.

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