What Are the Best Vitamins for Fibromyalgia?

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  • Written By: Tamsen Butler
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People suffering from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) may be able to find some relief by adding vitamins into their treatment regimen. Popularly recommended vitamins for fibromyalgia include Vitamin C, Vitamin E, and B12. The hope is that these vitamins will assist fibromyalgia sufferers with muscle aches and help increase their energy levels. Ideally, the vitamins are consumed through a healthy diet, but the use of supplement vitamins for fibromyalgia is common as well.

Vitamin C can be one of the ideal vitamins for fibromyalgia because it aids in the production of collagen, which is vital for healthy muscles. Vitamin C is also important for maintaining a healthy immune system, which is particularly important for people suffering from fibromyalgia. This vitamin may also assist in boosting energy levels, which is of great benefit to people who spend a great deal of time feeling fatigued. Vitamin C can be taken in large quantities, but like other vitamins for fibromyalgia, it is possible to take too much.

Also among the list of recommended vitamins for fibromyalgia is Vitamin E because it has been shown to reduce muscle pain, which can be a chronic problem for people with fibromyalgia. Vitamin E can also help improve the blood's circulation, which in turn may ease the pain associated with fibromyalgia. Vitamin E can also be combined with Vitamin A, forming a powerful antioxidant combination, which can help keep additional illness at bay.

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Patients suffering from fibromyalgia may also benefit from Vitamin B-12, as it is known to increase energy levels. Increased physical activity is advised as a method to increase stamina and reduce pain. B-12 may give people the extra energy they need to get moving and feel better. It has also been theorized that a Vitamin B deficiency may be a root cause for fibromyalgia.

A person eating a healthy and balanced diet may be able to get all of the necessary vitamins, but a person with fibromyalgia may need to take additional vitamin supplements. It is important for people to speak to their doctors about any vitamin supplements they plan to take because some vitamins can counteract with medicines or may be dangerous in certain quantities for people with additional medical problems. Patients should also discuss herbal supplements with their doctors to make sure there will not be potential issues, even if these supplements are made specifically to treat fibromyalgia and CFS symptoms. Herbal supplements are largely unregulated and are not the same as prescription medications.

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Bertie68
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From what I've read in magazines and on the internet, fibromyalgia is still a mystery illness. The theory that it stems from the brain's over-sensitivity to pain signals, is probably the most reasonable theory thus far.

The fibromyalgia pain and emotional symptoms are bad enough, but adding fatigue to it, makes it all the more intolerable. I think that eating a well-balanced diet and taking supplements of vitamins and minerals can only improve your condition.

If you can strengthen your immune system enough, you may begin to feel better. The best to all those who suffer from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Esther11
Post 1

I have a neighbor who suffers from fibromyalgia. She is tired all the time and has tender places in certain locations on her body. She also experiences mental fog, anxiety and depression from time to time.

She has tried various medications, exercise and putting ice on the sore spots, but these only bring temporary relief. I told her that she ought to try taking more vitamins. Our food doesn't seem to have enough good vitamins in it, so it might be a good idea for her to increase her vitamin dosages, after talking to her doctor.

Studies have shown that women with fibromyalgia have a deficiency of vitamin A in their systems. There have also been studies on women who had a rich diet of vitamin E. They ate lots of vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds, and fruits. Their physical function and their emotional well-being improved.

Vitamin D is another powerful vitamin that appears to help fibromyalgia. Vitamin D helps patients with the symptoms of pain, insomnia, anxiety, brain fog, and depression. If you take calcium and vitamin D together, the calcium will help your nervous system and your muscles to relax.

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