If you suffer from fibromyalgia pain you know how difficult it can be to get it under control. Most people will find that it requires combining: gentle exercise, medication, alternative therapy, as well as lifestyle changes to significantly manage the pain.
One of the more effective alternative treatment methods available for fibromyalgia patients is nutritional supplements like herbs and vitamins.
Fibromyalgia sufferers opt for supplements because:
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Various studies have determined that people with fibromyalgia have lower vitamin D levels. Vitamin D is known to reduce cytokine production, which is a protein that causes inflammation. Some studies have found that vitamin D can reduce the risk of symptoms of fibromyalgia by lowering inflammation.
One research study that examined 44 patients with fibromyalgia demonstrated that those who consumed SAM-e demonstrated improvements in disease activity, pain, fatigue, mood and morning stiffness. An added benefit is that it has been found to be as effective as antidepressants for treating depressed fibromyalgia patients.
5-HTP works by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Studies show that serotonin is low and many fibromyalgia patients. One research study demonstrated that fibromyalgia patients who took 5-HTP demonstrated statistically significant improvements in their stiffness, anxiety, number of tender points, pain, sleep and fatigue.
Magnesium and malic acid are required to produce cellular energy in the form of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). Many fibromyalgia patients are low in magnesium. A 1992 research study demonstrated that Fibromyalgia patients who supplemented with a magnesium and malic acid combination reported reductions in pain. Almost half of the patients experienced improvement within 48 hours.
Ginger has been used in eastern medicine for centuries. It has commonly been used to treat chronic pain conditions like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and migraines. Medical studies have demonstrated its ability as an anti-inflammatory and pain killer, with effects that resemble nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Ginger’s aspirin-like effects make it a natural pain reliever.
Before you take any supplement, be sure to consult with a physician.