No Supplement for Concussion

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

You can’t cure a concussion with a supplement.

It doesn’t stop some people from selling them, though. And the Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers not to believe claims that products sold as dietary supplements can treat a concussion or other traumatic brain injury.

The FDA says there’s no scientific evidence for it. And FDA Deputy Commissioner Howard Sklamberg  says it’s not just that the supplements have not been shown to be safe or effective against concussions. It’s worse:

“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’re really ready.”

Returning to play too soon raises the risk of another – and possibly more damaging – concussion.

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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