The Role of Nutritional Supplements in Sports Concussion Treatment

Curr Sports Med Rep. Jan-Feb 2016;15(1):16-9. doi: 10.1249/JSR.0000000000000219.


There has been considerable research conducted in regard to the prevention and treatment of concussions. Numerous supplements and vitamins are being used throughout the country to help patients recover from concussions; however, to date, there are no completed human-based studies specifically examining supplement and vitamin use for the treatment or prevention of concussions. This article examines the most current evidence regarding supplements and vitamins for the treatment and prevention of concussions. The supplements and vitamins reviewed include omega-3 fatty acids, curcumin, resveratrol, melatonin, creatine, and Scutellaria baicalensis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Athletic Injuries / complications
  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis
  • Athletic Injuries / diet therapy*
  • Brain Concussion / diagnosis
  • Brain Concussion / diet therapy*
  • Brain Concussion / etiology
  • Curcumin / administration & dosage
  • Dietary Supplements*
  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3 / administration & dosage
  • Humans
  • Vitamins / administration & dosage


  • Fatty Acids, Omega-3
  • Vitamins
  • Curcumin