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Medical research on vitamins and minerals used to treat Fibromyalgia

Updated on December 16, 2012

Do vitamins really help Fibromyalgia sufferers?

Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that involves recurrence of chronic pain, physical and mental uneasiness, sleep disorders and a general feel of anxiety and in some serious cases, depression. The pain Fibromyalgia sufferers endure mimics a severe cases of arthritis which debilitates the person from doing physical activities and deeply scars the psychological health of an individual. Pains are commonly experienced in various places in the body, but mainly on the joints. Though no swelling is observed, the pain involved are sometimes harrowing that powerful sedatives or extremely high doses of pain relievers are sometimes used in order for sufferers to find relief.

Aside from the chronic pain, sleeping disorders is one of the most dreaded symptoms of this ailment. People can experience insomnias for days on end without even experiencing the slightest feeling of sleepiness. It is important to know that this condition deeply affects people’s lives and finding some kind of treatment that could ease their problems is extremely appreciated.

There are many known drugs today that provide a seeming cure for Fibromyalgia, but many still consider the use of more natural means to combat this ailment. Traditional and alternative medical experts all agree that the correct intake of vitamins and minerals for Fibromyalgia can help treat people more effectively than conventional medical approaches.

Effectiveness of Vitamins A, C and E

Many researchers agree that Fibromyalgia is a condition which is aggravated by the presence of a chemical compound in the body that ravages it and destroys it in a cellular level. This compound is called Free radicals and it is present literally everywhere. From the air we breathe, the food we eat, the liquids we drink and even our lifestyle all packs our bodies of this toxic chemicals every day. If our body is relatively weak, such in the cases of Fibromyalgia sufferers, the effects of free radicals is evidently experienced. The only way to fight off free radicals, by means of natural methods, is the ingestion of anti-oxidants into the body. Nature’s most powerful anti-oxidants are Vitamins A, C and E.

This theory of anti-oxidant ingestion to halt free radicals in destroying cells in the body was backed up by a study in 2010 in the Medical branch of biophysics in Suleyman University in Isparta, Turkey. They have found scientific and medical proof that intake of natural and powerful anti-oxidants such as vitamins C, A and E by Fibromyalgia patients can result in a positive outcome, especially if taken in tandem with regular exercise. They particularly observed the reduction of stress and fatigue normally associated with the syndrome and can also boosts the body’s overall well being.

Vitamin A

It is considered as one of the most natural powerful anti-oxidants. Medical results of the Suleyman University study shows that Vitamin A can effectively reduce the destruction caused by the presence of free radicals in the body. Oxidation is one of the major effects of free radicals and oxidation kills cells. It is an important study conducted by the Suleyman University and they published it in the Redox report. The publication states that the regular intake of anti-oxidants can effectively reduce the effects of Fibromyalgia by eliminating the causative factor that initiates this syndrome, which are free radicals.

Vitamin C

According to the Suleyman research, vitamin C provides stress relieving properties once it is introduced into the body through intravenously (blood stream). Vitamin C has been one of the most famous types of anti-oxidants and is one of the most prevalent in human societies. Most citrus fruits have vitamin C and it is one of the most readily available. Also it is widely accepted scientifically and medically that Vitamin C can drastically relieve the stress associated with Fibromyalgia and with other diseases as well.

The UMMC (University of Maryland Medical Center) also stated that according to their research, Vitamin C is essential in the maintenance of a healthy immune system of a person. The anti-oxidant properties of Vitamin C helps prevent damages to incur on a person’s muscles and tissues because of the presence of free radicals and other toxic compounds. Also Vitamin C helps the body to increase production of serotonin which helps the body to cope with stress and anxiety. As Vitamin C is not produced by the body, one must continually have a regular intake of this vitamin in order not to experience Vitamin C deficiency. Most citrus fruits are the best sources of Vitamin C.

Vitamin E

Also according to the same study, Vitamin E has natural pain relieving properties which can drastically help people suffering from Fibromyalgia. It is one of the main reasons why a steady intake of Vitamin E rich foods can cause stress and pain relieving results to people with chronic pain. As chronic pain is Fibromyalgia’s main symptom, Vitamin E can easily provide relief for sufferers.

In 2003, there are studies made in the medical community that states that low levels of Vitamin D can aggravate or even be the cause of ailments such as chronic fatigue syndrome and Fibromyalgia. As Vitamin E is considered as a powerful anti-oxidant it has been observed that this vitamin can effectively reduce that symptoms of fatigue and pain felt by the muscles of people suffering from Chronic Fatigue syndrome.

Also in 2008, the publication, Rheumatology international stated that Fibromyalgia sufferers are experiencing the effects of oxidative stress due to damage caused by oxidants, namely “free radicals.” Because of this, the use of anti-oxidants, especially Vitamin E have gained popularity as an alternative treatment for Fibromyalgia sufferers, however, attempting to ingest large dose of this vitamin can be hazardous and should be done under medical supervision.

The Vitamin C, A and E combination

The successful research on the effects of these 3 vitamins has been the major success of the 2010 research of the University of Suleyman. They have also found out that the positive effects of these vitamins are considerably increased if it was taken in tandem with regular exercise. These findings are the core topic in the Redox report published by the research team that spearheaded the study on these vitamins and its effects on Fibromyalgia.

Vitamin D

According to the Saudi Medical Journal issue of 2011, there is a relationship of Vitamin D and its levels to the development and progression of Fibromyalgia. It firmly shows that the effects of vitamin D deficiency can aggravate the effects of Fibromyalgia and increase the risk of it becoming severe.

According to the research conducted by the Meharry Medical College (Nashville, Tennessee), as Fibromyalgia symptoms are characterized by pain, more precisely, muscular pain, fatigue, headaches, stiffness and skeletal pain, they have discovered a seemingly relationship of Fibromyalgia sufferers with cases of Vitamin D deficiency.

Though up to now, the main cause of Fibromyalgia is still shrouded in mystery, there are small glances on the cause of its symptoms. One of this is the hypersensitivity of the nervous system’s pain centers creating an imbalance which tells your hypothalamus (the main part of the brain that deals with senses such as pain) to feel pain, even though there are no swelling or any kind of inflammation. However, other symptoms seen in Fibromyalgia sufferers can be related to Vitamin D deficiency.

In 2003, a study published in the December issue of that year of the Mayo Clinic Proceedings, stated that people suffering from chronic musculoskeletal pains, which is one of the main symptoms of Fibromyalgia have Vitamin D deficiency. They have observed that the development of such symptoms can develop from low levels of vitamin D and that through corrective measures to increase its levels usually result to treating these symptoms in over a few months.

In June 2009, The Israel medical association rebuffed the ongoing theory on the relationship of Fibromyalgia and Vitamin D deficiency; however more scientists are continually inclining to consider the rationale of accepting that lowering levels of vitamins, essential for healthy living will definitely result in poor health. Many scientists and medical researchers have discovered that almost all tissues in the body contain receptors that react to the presence of Vitamin D, though these receptors and its importance to the body are not fully understood. Also the relation of Vitamin D in decreasing the levels of pain experienced by the body is still also unclear.

However, in 2008 issue of the journal Rheumatology, it reports that low levels of Vitamin D have been discovered as the main reason for several autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis. Also, the publication also stated that vitamin D deficiency is a very common condition among the general population. Also supporting this claim is the recent statistical study that there is a universal condition of low vitamin D levels on all Fibromyalgia patients worldwide.

Vitamin B12

There have been continuing studies made to find the definite relationship between low levels of Vitamin B12 to Fibromyalgia. Currently the main reason for Fibromyalgia is still unknown; however there are hints of its causes through investigating its symptoms.

The effect of Vitamin B12 is mainly in aiding the production of red blood cells which is the main vehicle for the transportation of oxygen throughout the body, especially to the central nervous system and the brain. Lack of adequate levels of Vitamin B12 in the body can cause metabolism disorders, weakness, numbness and fatigue which is the main symptom linking vitamin B12 to Fibromyalgia.

Medical experts agree that taking large doses of Vitamin B12 can instantly provide a cure for fatigue, especially if caused by Fibromyalgia, by maintaining adequate levels of it can definitely bolster the body to combat diseases such as Fibromyalgia. In 1997, the Institute of Clinical Neuroscience of Goteborg University in Sweden made a survey of 12 Fibromyalgia patients (women), they have found that those suffer from Fibromyalgia have higher levels of Homocysteine and lower levels of Vitamin B12.

These are some of the vitamins that have been observed to provide beneficial results in treating Fibromyalgia and its symptoms. These vitamins have been under the scrutiny of various researching bodies all over the world and they all concluded that there are benefits in maintaining the adequate levels of these vitamins in order to continue a relatively normal life even in the midst of such conditions. Though vitamins alone do not cure Fibromyalgia completely, its presence in the body can help one cope easily with this kind of ailment.

Minerals used to treat symptoms of Fibromyalgia

These are some of the most commonly used minerals in treating symptoms of Fibromyalgia. There are considerable studies made on these minerals which can be somewhat interesting a noteworthy. Though these minerals are not the “wonder drug” that every Fibromyalgia sufferer would want the effective use of these minerals, in tandem with anti-oxidants will surely halt the debilitating march of Fibromyalgia over a person’s body.

Magnesium

A number of studies have been conducted to link Magnesium in treating Fibromyalgia and many have considered that this mineral has a vital part in the effective recovery of fibromyalgia sufferers. It has been observed that adequate levels of magnesium results in the lessening of stress, anxiety, reduces depression especially caused by the pain and sleep deprivation associated with this syndrome. The Clinical Cardiology Journal states that there is a positive link between Magnesium and Fibromyalgia and it is important to maintain adequate levels of it in order to avoid the punishing effects of this syndrome. This is why it is important for people suffering from Fibromyalgia to maintain a diet that provides the body with adequate levels of vitamins and minerals as any imbalance on its adequate levels can result in pain and discomfort. There are many different types of magnesium but there is only one type of magnesium that can be used to treat the symptoms of Fibromyalgia. Magnesium Malate is the best type of magnesium according to the research of the University of Mary Washington.

In the 1995 issue of the Journal of Rheumatology, it states that magnesium malate’s ability to treat Fibromyalgia is possible due to the effects seen in a study conducted on 24 fibromyalgia patients. These participants were given increased doses of magnesium malate and it resulted in a considerable decrease of muscle pain attacks and other painful symptoms commonly associated with Fibromyalgia. Though there are more studies to be made in order to definitely confirm the beneficial effects of magnesium in Fibromyalgia patients.

Magnesium is a mineral that has a vital role in many body functions. An example is the metabolic function of the body, bone growth and the proper breakdown of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) which is the basic power unit of the body. The lessening levels of magnesium can disrupt the ATP breakdown process hampering the body’s ability to harness the energy of the food we eat, thus most people get fatigued easily. Also magnesium deficiency will also result in other symptoms such as a form of brain dysfunction that is characterized by cramps, involuntary movements and spasms.

The UMMC (University of Maryland Medical Center) stated in their published observations that magnesium deficiency can cause symptoms such as anxiety and mood swings which is related to Fibromyalgia. This statement given by UMMC researchers fully back the former research studies of other medical experts on magnesium’s vital place in maintaining the proper health of the body. However, one must be cautious in magnesium intakes in high doses as an overdose of it can cause nausea, diarrhea and appetite loss. While long term exposure to magnesium overdose can result in more serious side effects such as arrhythmia, low blood pressure and other conditions that can be very detrimental to one’s health.

Sodium

Sodium has become one of the most important minerals being researched as providing effective treatment for Fibromyalgia patients. Many researchers have observed that sodium has the ability to restore the normalcy of sleep patterns for people with the ailment and have also stated other positive effects such as lessening of pain, fatigue and insomnia. Though still under research, this shows a huge potential in the unraveling the cause of this still mysterious syndrome.

The Texas University reported these observations in their 2011 report that ensuring the adequate levels of sodium in the body can help decrease muscle pains and restore the healthy sleep patterns of an individual suffering from Fibromyalgia. The study conclusively states that sodium reduces symptoms associated with the syndrome, especially in providing relief for people suffering from the ailment. However, intake of sodium supplements are not advised by medical experts as they prefer natural intake of sodium. Natural sources of sodium are celery, beets and most vegetables.

A form of sodium called “sodium oxybate” has shown considerable potential in improving the debilitating symptoms of Fibromyalgia. in 2003, a study was published in the issue of the Journal of Rheumatology of that same year, stating that researchers have found that people suffering from fibromyalgia, when treated with regular and controlled doses of sodium oxybate experiences drastic improvements on their sleep patterns, fatigue and pain. Also in 2009, the journal “arthritis & rheumatism” which is the official journal of the American College of Rheumatology stated that sodium can indeed improve sleep, reduce pain and lessen fatigue caused by Fibromyalgia.

Calcium

Calcium is one of the most important antioxidants the body requires. Calcium is essential for the continued capability of the heart’s cardiac muscles to function efficiently. According to the recent studies conducted on Calcium, it states that calcium on its own does not provide any effects on the treatment of Fibromyalgia, yet magnesium needs adequate amounts of calcium to be effective in combating the effects of Fibromyalgia.

The levels of calcium needed to make magnesium effective are almost in equal amounts; however, the precise dosage is not yet determined. Though medical experts differ on the levels of dosage but most agree that these two minerals can effectively change the recurrence of debilitating symptoms such as pain and sleep deprivation.

In 2001, a research study done in Korea provided the evidence needed to prove that low levels of magnesium and calcium can be the cause of the problematic symptoms suffered by people with Fibromyalgia. They have concluded that through the intake of naturally occurring sodium and calcium can effectively treat this dreadful condition, once and for all. Though in 2011, Clinical Rheumatology pointed out that the increase intake of vitamins and minerals do not actually cause drastic treatments for people suffering from Fibromyalgia, however, more research are still to be made in order to confirm the claims and benefits stated by Alternative medicine experts.

Conclusion

Fibromyalgia is one of the most debilitating, yet least understood syndromes in all of modern medical ailments today. This is because of its unknown causes and its peculiar symptoms which can really destroy the ability of a person to have productive lives. Medical researching and studies are continually underway in order to better understand this mysterious condition. This is an important thing to consider as people today; especially those who are experiencing Fibromyalgia can look forward to.

Although there are many forms of medication used in many Fibromyalgia treatments today, it is important to understand that the natural approach is much preferred even by conventional standards. Using naturally occurring medicine is much more efficient and safe than to excessively be over-dependent on synthetic medicines which in turn can also caused debilitating diseases such as with the liver, pancreas and kidneys. Through the effective change of lifestyle with the help of proper diet and efficient intake of vitamins and minerals will surely make your life better than it ever was. As medical advancement continues, more and more research will be in order to unravel the mysteries of this sickness and hopefully find a cure to relieve millions of people around the world from the debilitating condition called Fibromyalgia.

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