The dangers of concussions among athletes have been gaining attention throughout the years thanks to an increasing number of articles and testimonies and the release of "Concussion" in 2015, starring Will Smith. This growing awareness has pushed for more research in nutrition and vitamin supplementation to help people who have head injuries. While there is some progress, it is still too early to recommend supplements to aid in the prevention and treatment of concussions.
We would like to think that easily-accessible dietary supplements like omega-3 fatty acids, melatonin, creatine, curcumin, and resveratrol could help prevent and reverse the effects of concussions but that is not the case. There are two important things to consider when looking into supplements:
While there is no conclusive evidence that supplements can aid in the prevention and treatment of concussions, it’s still exciting to think that with further research, there will be more ways to help those who suffer from head injuries. Until then, we need to be aware of the available protocols to treat people with concussions which include baseline testing for athletes, proper reporting of concussions, and adequate rest time until they are fit to return to play.
It is crucial to continue educating athletes, coaches, and parents on the importance of recognizing the symptoms of concussions and maintaining a nutritious balanced diet to promote optimal brain health.