8 Natural Supplements for Fighting Fibromyalgia
Finding the right treatment for your symptoms can be a long and painful road. For many, prescription medications become the first line of defense against Fibromyalgia. These can include analgesics, anti-depressants and even anti-seizure medications. Unfortunately, many of these medications leave patients subject to unpleasant and sometimes harmful side effects.
Another promising line of defense – with far fewer adverse side effects – is dietary and herbal supplements. Supplements can help address some of the underlying causes of your symptoms and provide more lasting relief from pain, fatigue and discomfort. Supplements can also help correct nutritional deficiencies in your diet, often times resulting in a boost in energy levels and mood.
You may be wondering what supplements are most effective for fibromyalgia. Lets take a look at some of the most common and effective supplements used to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia:
Studies have shown that many Fibromyalgia patients suffer from low levels of vitamin D. Supporting research has shown that increasing vitamin D levels can help improve muscle soreness and tender joints. Vitamin D levels are also linked to our mood. Low levels of vitamin D can cause depression-like symptoms.
Fish Oil (Omega-3)
Fish oil has omega-3 fatty acids, which are effective at easing pain and inflammation. Omega-3 fatty acids are particularly effective at repairing and protecting damaged nerves, which can trigger painful sensations throughout the body.
SAMe is a naturally occurring chemical with a lot of potential for Fibromyalgia sufferers. The University of Maryland Medical Center notes, “SAMe can be effective in reducing symptoms of fibromyalgia – including pain, fatigue, morning stiffness, and depressed mood.” Numerous studies have shown it to be effective in relieving pain, stiffness and inflammation. Harvard Medical Center has also referred to it as one of the “best-studied” supplements for depression, noting that it is as effective as some antidepressants in treating major depression.
Ribose is a sugar that, unlike processed sugars or additives, can help provide a sustained boost in energy and mood. In addition to boosting energy levels it can help ease pain by loosening tight muscles. According to Webmd, Ribose is “used to improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, and coronary artery disease” as well as to “prevent symptoms such as cramping, pain, and stiffness after exercise.”
Magnesium can be a powerful supplement in relieving symptoms of fibromyalgia. By some estimates, magnesium deficiency in the U.S. is as high as 60-80% of adults. Some of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are similar to those of Fibromyalgia. Among magnesium’s most promising benefits are its ability to reduce muscle spasms, ease muscle weakness and relieve back pain.
B- Complex Vitamins
B- Complex vitamins (Folic Acid, Benfotiamine [B1], Methylcobalamin [B12], Riboflavin [B2]) are beneficial to Fibromyalgia sufferers in a number of ways. Besides helping to reduce inflammation that can cause pain, the B-complex vitamins are crucial to help combat fatigue and depression. These vitamins help increase energy production – thereby reducing fatigue and lethargy. Additionally, they are important in helping the body regulate mood – which can help reduce feelings of depression.
5-HTP can help reduce tender points as well as pain-levels in those suffering from chronic pain. In addition to its pain-relieving qualities, 5-HTP can help improve sleep, reduce fatigue, ease morning stiffness and lower anxiety.
Rhodiola Rosea is a class of herb known as an adaptogen. These herbs are believed to boost the bodies’ ability to adapt to stressful circumstances and thrive.
For many, Rhodiola Rosea is an effective herb for improving mood, reducing stress and boosting cognition. Many report that its effects are nearly palpable.
These are just a few of the many dietary and herbal supplements used to help treat the symptoms of Fibromyaglia. When combined with other natural methods of treatment such as diet, nutrition and exercise – the results can be both powerful and lasting.
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