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Wanderlei taking supplements to prevent brain damage: ‘We must be ready for everything’

Wanderlei Silva gives insight on his routine to maintain a healthy body and mind.

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After a wild career that covers 50 professional MMA fights, with multiple knockdowns and KO losses, 41-year-old Wanderlei Silva knows he needs to start taking care of the part of his body absorbing the brunt of the damage: his brain. That’s why, as he told AG Fight, Silva started taking a supplement that will help maintain his brain healthy in the future.

“I’ve been in touch with a Canadian company who was about to launch a product that protects the brain,” Silva said, “it’s called ‘Brain Armor’. It’s a suplement that contains all the vitamins essential to the brain and it should be taken by every athlete who suffers head trauma. I went there and I studied the symptoms a little bit, they had a doctor helping me. I took it a few times and I wanted to bring them to Brazil. I attended a lecture where a doctor listed ten symptoms and I had some of them. But the ones I had could happen to anyone, such as mood swings, memory loss, trouble sleeping. Things that aren’t that big of a deal, but they bug you. In this life, we must be ready for everything.”

According to their official website, Brain Armor consists of a “plant-based DHA Omega-3 supplement specifically designed for athletes to maximize performance”.

Silva isn’t the only fighter to make news recently with attempts to combat the potential long term brain damage of an MMA career. Not long ago, Ian McCall spoke up about his own use of transcranial magnetic stimulation to battle CTE-type symptoms, which have kept him out of competition lately.

In his last bout, Wanderlei Silva dropped an unanimous decision to Chael Sonnen at Bellator 180, after more than four years away from the cages. His last win came in March 2013, when he knocked out Brian Stann.