There are different supplements that have a role in the treatment of Fibromyalgia Syndrome. Supplements can help correct nutritional deficiencies, reduce pain and inflammation, increase your energy and help you get a good night’s sleep.
Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids provide the building blocks you need to get well and stay well. The body knows what to do with them and depends on them for survival.The following supplements have either been linked to symptom improvements or recommended by experts to overcome deficits that are common among fibromyalgia patients.
- 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan) helps raise serotonin levels in the brain. Clinical trials have shown that 5-HTP supplementation in fibromyalgia patients is associated with improvements in anxiety, pain intensity, quality of sleep, fatigue, and the number of tender points. If you take antidepressants, you should not take 5-HTP. SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine ) is a compound that occurs naturally in the body. It is needed for proper immune function, and assists in the production and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. SAM-e has been shown to relieve depression and the chronic pain associated with osteoarthritis. Some studies show that taking SAM-e may reduce fibromyalgia symptoms of pain, fatigue, and stiffness. People taking antidepressants should not use SAM-e without first consulting their doctor.
- Magnesium have been found to be effective in relieving the symptoms of FMS. Magnesium is essential to healthy muscle function, it increases cellular energy, reduces pain, and enhances immune function. Magnesium is also a natural muscle relaxant and critical for the relief of muscle pain.
- Malic Acid is the organic compound found in tart fruits such as Granny Smith apples, certain grapes, and cranberries. Malic acid may help muscle tissues get more oxygen, improve energy production in the muscle cells and prevent muscle tissue breakdown. Most fibromyalgia patients need to take as much as 1200 milligrams of malic acid, twice per day, coupled with 300 milligrams of magnesium, also twice per day.
- Vitamin D may reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia by lowering inflammation. Vitamin D reduces cytokine production. This protein causes inflammation. Some studies have reported that some people with fibromyalgia have a vitamin D deficiency.