Fibromyalgia is a condition that causes fatigue and pain. 1 in 20 people suffer from this condition, it affects more women than men. It most often developes between 30 and 60 years of age and there are no known causes.
- Tender trigger points often in the neck, shoulders, back of head, upper chest and/or thighs.
- Insomnia, depression, anxiety and stress.
- Insulin resistance and low thyroid function (hypo thyroidism).
- IBS, candida, headaches and allergies.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Poor circulation.
Sometimes with this condition there is a link to a lower heart rate, a build up of lactic acid and a breakdown of muscle tissue, disrupted sleep patterns with a tentative link to a deficiency in growth hormone and infections such as Hepatitis C. A recent study showed an association between fibromyalgia and oxidative stress (low levels of serum glutathione, superoxide dismutase and catalase levels)*
The supplements below are supportive of muscle energy production and so may help sufferers of fibromyalgia:
- CoQ10 contributes to the electron transport chain and production of ATP, it has also been shown to be deficient in those with fibromyalgia.
- D-ribose is a simple sugar that can be directly converted to ATP and research has shown it may reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and fybromyalgia.
- Magnesium (300-600mg/day) and malic acid (1,200-1,400mg/day) have been shown to reduce pain, tenderness and tiredness after 2 months.
- Adaptogens such as ginseng and liquorice may support the adrenals whilst phosphatidyl serine, lemon balm and chamomile can help regulate nerve function and over active adrenal function.
- Supporting circulation is often crucial to nutrient absorption and oxygenation. Ginkgo and ginger are known to be effective at supporting circulation.
Natures Anti Inflammatories
- Eat a healthy balanced diet to support blood sugar and optimise energy production and circadian rhythm (to support healthy sleep patterns)
- Avoid processed foods and refined sugars. Too much sugar can increase fatigue, pain and disturb sleep.
- Deadly nightshade family foods i.e. tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, goji berries, peppers and dairy can be food triggers. Try an elimination diet to check whether you are sensitive to them.
- Reflexology, yoga, massage and acupuncture can all help to support circulation and reduce stress.
*Sendur et al. Serum antioxidants and nitric oxide levels in fibromyalgia: a controlled study. Rheumatology International. 2008; 29 (6): 629-33.
Please note – This information is not designed to replace medical advice in any way, if your symptoms persist or you are concerned in any way please see your healthcare professional.