When considering a natural remedy for fibromyalgia, consider adding a bit of Sherlock Homes to the process of deduction of what you should do.
We propose that the best natural remedy for fibromyalgia is one that results in a broad spectrum of health problem solutions. If there was something that worked for all of the related symptoms separate from fibromyalgia, then could it work for fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a disorder that persist over time and is diagnosed by musculoskeletal pain throughout the body, fatigue, and localized tenderness. Some call it arthritis of the muscles.
In addition to wide spread pain in the muscles, tendons and ligaments, there can be fatigue and numerous points on the body that are tender to the touch.
Other fibromyalgia related symptoms may include...
restless legs syndrome
irritable bowel syndrome
painful menstrual periods
increased sensitivity to odors
increased sensitivity to touch
increased sensitivity to noises
increased sensitivity to bright lights
numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
Using the deductive thinking, there are two processes that would need to be considered here. What to avoid and what to encourage.
On the avoid list would include anything that would promote the above health problems.
Any time something is affecting the neurological part of our body, one might want to consider the cause.
Consider headaches. Suppose physical or chemical things going on in the body were the causes the headaches. Then what the chemical things to happen?
If lack of sleep is caused by a lack of chemicals in the brain, then what would cause the lack of chemicals. If a normal body in normal conditions produces everything to maintain good health, then what causes the problem?
Some of the usual suspects in the field of complimentary alternative medicine are MSG, aspartame (Nutra Sweet), sucralose (Splenda), and Saccharin. Less considered but gaining popularity is Prolactin, a hormone given to cows that ends up in the milk we drink. On its own it may or may not be safe. In combination with other chemicals it may cause a host of other problems.
Additionally fluoride should be avoided.
Naturally if something worked, you would want to indulge in it. However this may not always be the best choice. There are a lot of supplements that can help. Some may have unwanted consequences. If your already on medications, do not start self medicating with natural remedies with out first running it by your doctor or pharmacist. Make sure they look it up for potential side effects with any medications your taking.
There is one supplement that scientific studies indicates a benefit for many of the above symptoms. We have saved it, what we think is the best, for the last.SAMe S-adenosylmethionine is one of the many chemicals produced in our body. It is involved with It helps with cell membrane maintenance, immune function and the processing of neurotransmitters like serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. It is also part of the formation of cartilage.
It even has a DNA function.
SAMe is also reported to cause insomnia for some which is why it is taken in the morning. Possible side effects, although mild could include constipation, nausea, dry mouth, sweating, and anxiety/nervousness and increased anxiety.
There is a risk of interaction with other medications. One case of serotonin syndrome was reported as being associated with SAMe with other medications.
If you are taking levidopa which is often used for Parkinson's disease, you should not take SAM-e unless talking with your doctor and pharmacist. If you are taking antidepressants you should likewise consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking SAM-e.
When supplemental SAM-e does its thing, it turns into homocysteine. With enough vitamin B6, vitamin B12, and folic acid, the main co-factors, it will turned back into methionine, cysteine, glutathione or SAM-e. If you do not have enough of the cofactors, SAM-e will not break down the way it should. The result......the beneficial effects of SAM-e may not be realized and homocysteine may rise to unsafe levels.
High homocysteine levels have been linked to atherosclerosis or hardening and narrowing of the arteries, increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, liver damage, and even Alzheimer's disease. Most professionals advise taking Vitamin B complex supplements with SAM-e to avoid this complication. This is a strong reason not to take it unless under professional observation.
If you have bipolar disorder you should not take SAM-e due to the potential worsening of manic episodes.
There is something that works better than SAM-e and has almost no side effects and no reported interactions. It may be the best natural remedy for fibromyalgia. It can be found at the end of this section.
Effect of Selenium Supplements was unable to give conclusive evidence of a response to Se supplementation for relief of muscular complaints.
Magnesium is a mineral that is obtained in the diet from green leafy vegetables, nuts, seeds, and whole grains as well as nutrition supplements.
One study looked at magnesium and malic acid given in combination. Since it was an open label, even though it had promising results, it is not usable as evidence.
Magnesium supplements may cause difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, irregular heart rate, and confusion, nausea, diarrhea, loss of appetite, and muscle weakness.
Warning: magnesium can interact with some medications like those used for osteoporosis, high blood pressure (calcium channel blockers), as well as some antibiotics, muscle relaxants, and diuretics.
The studies have varied results. One study found a strong correlation with low vitamin D levels and increased pain. Another study found no relationship with vitamin D levels and muscle pain. The same study did find a link with low vitamin D and anxiety and depression with those who have fibromyalgia.
Research has shown a connection with low vitamin D levels and non-specific musculoskeletal pain.
5-hydroxytryptophan, a supplement is believed to increase serotonin levels in the brain.
Some evidence suggests it may reduce the number of tender points for those suffering with fibromyalgia. It may have an effect on the way pain is transmitted.
There is not a lot of research and the side effects are few and mild. In all, not a lot of information is available in peer reviewed medical journals.
More links on this below.
Bioactive Whey Protein Isolate is one of the best natural remedies for fibromyalgia. This is the one thing that has the most actual peer reviewed research and tens of thousands of related studies.
It is not the same whey protein that weight lifters use. For that matter, it is very fragile and just putting it in a traditional blender could result in damaging the molecule and rendering the end product less effective.
Side Note: The challenge it presents, the cost is prohibitive for most people. There is another way to boost glutathione just as effective called the Water Cures Protocol.
To understand the process, first consider what numerous studies have to say about fibromyalgia and the relationship to glutathione.
In Rheumatology international 2009 Apr;29(6): in an article...
Serum antioxidants and nitric oxide levels in fibromyalgia: a controlled study.
The study assessed antioxidant levels in fibromyalgia (FM) patients as comparison to healthy controls.
The study found that glutathione levels were significantly lower in the FM patients.
Also the glutathione level and morning stiffness was found to be significant. The conclusion: "These findings support other studies, we assume that these two antioxidants might have impact on the pathogenesis of fibromyalgia disease.
Glutathione Levels in Fibromyalgia is where you can read the article.
In 2005, Rheumatology International Journal (Volume 25, April) reported that the balance of oxidant/antioxidants were changed in fibromyalgia. The cause? Increased free radical levels were considered responsible for the development of FM stating "These findings may support the hypothesis of fibromyalgia as an oxidative disorder."
Go back as far as 2002 and in Alternative Medicine Review (2002 Feb;7(1):22-44) the role of sulfur-containing amino acids including cysteine were discussed. They help increase the level of glutathione which is proving to be effective in treating fibromyalgia and other disorders.
Is there a natural remedy for fibromyalgia we missed? Let us know. The natural remedy for fibromyalgia will be constantly growing. Please check back as new info is added.
There is evidence that supports the use of N-acetylcysteine as a natural remedy for fibromyalgia.
Foods High in Vitamin D also boost glutathione.
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