FDA warning for dietary supplements marketed toward improving brain health

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By Tanae Howard

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Sept. 3, 2014)-- Football season is heating up from high school to the NFL. With the talk of concussions being in the spotlight lately, the FDA has a warning for companies who claim their supplements help with brain health.

"Supplements are not regulated by the FDA. They don't have to go through the same kind of rigorous testing, and because of that, we don't always know what's in those supplements," said St. Vincent Sports Medicine Physician, Dr. Joel Kary.

We found some of the supplements online. "Brain Armor" claims to provide structural support of the brain through omega-3-fatty acids. Another company "Neuro Impact" is geared toward contact sport athletes and claims to support healthy brain function.

"They're looking for some way to get their product in consumers hands. The danger that exist there is giving athletes and parents sort of false hope trying to influence them if you just take this supplement your son or daughter will get better faster," said Dr. Kary.

Sports medicine doctors  say until science proves otherwise ,they're recommending the all natural route.

"If they get plenty of sleep after concussion, if they're eating healthy, staying hydrated. If they avoid activities that use
the brain such as electronics and reading and school work that they'll get better faster and get back to their sport faster," said Dr. Kary.

The Food and Drug Administration is monitoring the marketplace and taking enforcement actions where appropriate, issuing warning letters to firms.