If You Suffer From Fibromyalgia, Here Are 4 Science-Backed Supplements That Can Help

If You Suffer From Fibromyalgia, Here Are 4 Science-Backed Supplements That Can Help

Jan 21, 2022 | Herbal Remedies, Natural Wellness

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The Painful Challenges of Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a mysterious condition and the cause is unknown. It often mimics other disorders and is frequently misdiagnosed. Fibromyalgia involves pain in the bones and muscles, chronic fatigue, brain fog, and sleep disruption. It can also increase sensitivity to light noise, certain foods, and is strongly linked to migraine headaches and depression. The condition can leave healthcare professionals confused as to the best course of treatment. It tends to be challenging to treat, although several supplements have shown great promise in minimizing symptoms. Below I explore four science-backed options that can help you experience much needed relief quickly.

Magnesium

Research published in the Journal of Korean Medical Science discovered that women suffering from fibromyalgia had low levels of magnesium, as well as several other important minerals in their body. Another study in the Journal of Integrative Medicine set out to determine if raising magnesium levels in those with fibromyalgia would alleviate their symptoms. The participants used a 400 mg solution of magnesium and applied it topically 2x/day for a month. At the end of the study, the team found that overall fibromyalgia symptoms had in fact improved.

You can also bump up your magnesium intake by focusing on foods like almonds, dark chocolate, pumpkin seeds, and leafy greens such as spinach.

Melatonin

Poor sleep generally goes hand-in-hand with fibromyalgia. Melatonin, a hormone produced in the pineal gland located in the brain, can help those with the condition improve their overall sleep quality and reduce fatigue. It is available as a synthetic supplement or you can opt for foods with high levels of melatonin. One of the best sources of food-based melatonin are tart cherries, which have been shown to alleviate insomnia in older adults. Goji berries are also an outstanding source, as are fenugreek and mustard seeds. Tomatoes, almonds, and raspberries contain moderate amounts.

Reishi

Several studies have shown that reishi mushroom can help those who struggle with fibromyalgia and the subsequent poor physical conditioning associated with the condition. Researchers found in one study that when 6 g of reishi were taken each day for six weeks, participants experienced greater aerobic endurance and improved flexibility. And this double-blind, randomized placebo trial found that reishi improved levels of happiness and life satisfaction, while reducing symptoms of depression in those with the condition.

Additionally, reishi has been shown to relieve inflammation, fatigue, insomnia, and anxiety which often accompanies fibromyalgia. It is a powerful adaptogenic herb that helps you to adapt to stress — an important consideration for those with the condition.

Cordyceps

Cordyceps mushroom may also help to alleviate the symptoms of fibromyalgia. It is well-known for its ability to improve stamina and physical endurance. Cordyceps is considered an adaptogenic herb as it fortifies you against the negative impacts of stress, relieves fatigue, and naturally boosts energy levels. Since sleep disruption is associated with fibromyalgia, long-term use of cordyceps can be helpful with increasing natural sleep as shown in this animal study.

Interested in giving these medicinal mushrooms a try?
Powerful, dual-extracted reishi and cordyceps tinctures can be found in my apothecary.

A Few Final Thoughts

I have long suspected that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) play a role in the wide-spread occurrence of fibromyalgia. According to the College of Rheumatology in 2004, approximately 3-6 million people in the US suffer from the condition, mainly women. Reports of fibromyalgia began to skyrocket in the 1990s — the same timeframe that cell phones and cell towers came into use. While correlation doesn’t equal causation, it does make one think about the major uptick we are seeing in fibromyalgia cases with 5G rollouts and the SpaceX launch. Interestingly, the symptoms of fibromyalgia closely relate to those who are electrosensitive.

Have a look at the article, “Are You Experiencing Unexplained Health Issues? EMFs May Be to Blame” if you would like to learn more about this modern day issue.

Nicole Apelian

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