Four Ways Vitamin B1 Helps Fibromyalgia
Lets face it – we’ve got a lot on our plates these days. The pace of life seems to be moving faster than it ever has, we’re forced to juggle a seemingly un-juggleable amount of problems and on top of all that we’ve got to try to cope with this widely unknown but terribly debilitating illness called fibromyalgia.
For anyone facing the daunting reality of life with fibromyalgia we recommend making small changes, which over time can have a large impact. One small change you can start making today is to make sure your body is getting the essential vitamins & nutrients it needs to fight the various symptoms of fibromyalgia. Among those essential vitamins is B1, which has many properties that can directly benefit fibromyalgia patients. Lets take a look at four ways vitamin B1 can boost your health:
1. Increases energy production
Fatigue and weakness are a constant thorn in the side of fibromyalgia sufferers. Our bodies need all the help they can get to maintain what little energy reserves they have left. Vitamin B1 helps by converting carbohydrates into fuel for your body and its systems – the nervous and muscular systems in particular. It is also needed by your body to create ATP, a molecule used by every cell in the body for energy.
2. Improves Brain Health
Cognitive difficulties such as memory loss, lack of focus and even difficulty speaking are a daily occurrence for many Fibromyalgia sufferers. These symptoms, sometimes referred to as ‘fibro fog’ – affect our mental clarity and make even minimal mental tasks difficult.
According to Webmd, vitamin B1 is used for “maintaining a positive mental attitude; enhancing learning abilities; increasing energy; fighting stress; and preventing memory loss, including Alzheimer’s disease.” Just like any organ, the brain needs vitamins and nutrients to stay healthy. Vitamin B1 is one of the many vitamins and nutrients it requires to stay in top shape. The vitamin helps build and strengthen nerve cells in the brain, promoting brain health and reducing the risk of cognitive related impairments.
3. Protects Nerves
The nerves have a protective coating, known as the myelin sheath, that protect them from damage and keep them functioning properly. If the sheath is weakened or damaged, false pain sensations can result. Deficiencies in vitamin B1 can result in a weakening of the sheath. As such, maintaining adequate intake of the vitamin is essential to keeping your nerves – and their protective coating – healthy. If the sheath is damaged or weakened, vitamin B1 helps to regenerate the coating.
4. Builds Up Stress Resistance
Stress isn’t unique to those with fibromyalgia, but it can certainly be felt more among them. Stress – if not properly managed – often aggravates the symptoms of fibromyalgia. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, vitamin B1, like other B complex vitamins, is “sometimes called an ‘anti-stress’ vitamin because it may strengthen the immune system and improve the body’s ability to withstand stressful conditions. Another natural builder of stress resistance we highly recommend is rhodiola rosea.
Vitamin B1 is an essential vitamin for your body and can provide benefits directly related to many of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. What vitamins, nutrients or herbs have helped you reduce your symptoms?