January 19, 2018

FDA: Dietary Supplements Don’t Treat Concussions

Despite claims by some manufacturers, dietary supplements do not treat concussions, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants consumers to know. Especially, parents of kids involved in football, soccer and other fall sports.

FDAlogoA concussion is a traumatic brain injuries (TBI) caused by a blow to the head, or by violent shaking of the head or upper body. TBIs are serious medical conditions that require proper diagnosis, treatment, and monitoring by a health care professional, says the FDA, which is warning consumers to avoid dietary supplements that claim to prevent, treat, or more quickly heal concussions.

“We’re very concerned that false assurances of faster recovery will convince athletes of all ages, coaches and even parents that someone suffering from a concussion is ready to resume activities before they are really ready,” says Gary Coody, FDA’s National Health Fraud Coordinator. “Also, watch for claims that these products can prevent or lessen the severity of concussions or TBIs.”

Returning to a sport too soon after a concussion can increase the risk of a subsequent concussion. Repeat concussions can cause permanent brain damage, long-term disability and death.

“There is simply no scientific evidence to support the use of any dietary supplement for the prevention of concussions or the reduction of post-concussion symptoms that would allow athletes to return to play sooner,” said Charlotte Christin, acting director of FDA’s Division of Dietary Supplement Programs.

The FDA has taken action against some of the companies making these claims, but cannot stem the flow of supplement manufacturers that make false advertising claims.  If you, or a loved one suffers a concussion see a doctor to get proper medical treatment.

 

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