Before I get into specific fibromyalgia supplements recommendations, I want to offer some important considerations.
Some supplements can interact with medicines in ways that could harm you. If you are taking prescription medications, you should inform your doctors and pharmacists of any supplements you are taking. I recommend that you list both medications and supplements along with dosage, how often per day, which days of the week for each. Write or print this list and make copies that you can provide your physicians for your records. Be sure to update any changes.
Supplements are not controlled by the FDA in the same way that prescription medicines are managed. FDA looks at supplements as “foods”. Therefore no clinical trials are required of the manufacturers.
Manufacturers are required to list all active ingredients on their product labels AND to follow FDA manufacturing guidelines. However, supplements do not have to be proven safe or effective. Foods and nutritional supplements cannot be removed from the market by the FDA unless they are proven to be dangerous or to have false label information.
What’s my point of saying all of this? It is very important that we seek out Brands that are trustworthy and go the extra mile in their manufacturing processes. This past year, "USA TODAY series" ran an investigational series on some of the "bad actors" in the supplement business.
This included both products and personalities. USA TODAY very likely saved lives (or at a minimum saved livers) by illuminating these products, people, and victims. It simply re-enforces the advice I offered above. One of the dangerous products they identified was a pre workout supplement, "Craze", that had been selected as "Product of the Year" and was being sold by big name stores like GNC and Walmart. What we must recognize is that unless the FDA brings an action against a product or manufacturer, these reputable stores have no way of knowing that the product is unsafe. This is why I advocate brands like Life Extension and a few others that I trust AND supplements that I have experience with and believe they help mitigate fibro symptoms.
additional FDA oversight, none of us can guarantee any particular
supplement; however, I have done all I can to look into various brands,
their policies, their research, their testing for safety and efficacy,
and the ingredients of their products.
Also, all the fibromyalgia supplements and brands I show here on this fibromyalgia supplements page as well as other pages of this website are ones I use with myself and clients as well, otherwise I would not recommend them.
However, there are other trustworthy brands; trust, but verify by doing your own research. Please don’t let the lowest price-point be your only criteria. Like many of you, I don’t have unlimited resources to spend on fibromyalgia supplements. If you continue reading this page, you’ll see my method of dealing with this very real "affordability" issue.
USA TODAY won two healthcare journalism awards for their series "Supplement Shell Game". It is well worth reading and you can find it at this link, USA TODAY.
that if you are eating a heal-thy diet, you are getting most of the nutrients
you require. Taking additional or extra
vitamins with a “more is better” attitude can be detrimental. In 2008 there
were more than 69,000 cases of toxicity due to vitamin overdose reported in the
For example, taking more than 7.5mg per day of vitamin A can cause headaches, dry skin, irritability, osteoporosis, and lack of oxygen to the tissues. This last item is something our fibro bodies already suffer. This harmful dose is available over the counter in many places. Another example: A trial looking at using selenium to prevent prostate, lung, or colon cancer had to be terminated because patients taking a large dose had a higher recurrence rate than those not taking the supplement.
Whether it’s fibromyalgia supplements or a prescription medication, I believe in the Lowest Effective
Dose (LED). In general I avoid taking
drugs for many reasons, but because of the critical nature of sleeping with the body clock, I've occasionally had to take a prescription sleep aid. My doctor prescribed 10mg. I immediately bought a pill cutter and found
that a quarter of that dose worked for me.
I not only reduced my chances of side effects but also reduced my cost of this expensive medication to 25% of what the prescribed dose would have been! Although I rarely take the sleep aids now, when I do, I know that I am taking only the lowest effective dose. If you continue reading this page, you will see that I do a similar thing with supplements.
Fibromyalgia supplements support the fibro body, and
although they are not cures for 'all that ails us', when we find the right
support for our individual bodies, that can make a big difference. I've been at
this for many years and through much trial and error with myself and with
clients, I use that experience to support others.
I know what it’s like to feel overwhelmed by this treatment or that remedy, this or that food or supplement, etc. Therefore, my job has always been to help others avoid that, by sharing what has worked for me and a majority of people while staying focused on one protocol at a time. Too often people with chronic illness become vulnerable to all the so called cures, Rx's, and information overload. Makes you want to throw your arms up in the air, and say maybe that drug and all its side effects aren't THAT bad because you're just tired of trying to figure out how to get out of pain, reduce symptoms, etc.
Yet the body is intelligent and what it really wants are the
materials that it truly needs to survive and thrive as intended. One way to achieve this is with fibromyalgia
supplements. In the following I embolden the word "essential" only when I truly feel a particular supplement is required to control fibro symptoms.
Be sure to consult with your doctor or naturopath when adding new fibromyalgia supplements.
I believe in rotating supplements for fibromyalgia just like certain foods.
This allows the fibromyalgia supplements, just like the food we eat, to work
better. So when I find something that works to support my body, I use it but I
do not depend on that alone.
For example, when dealing with inflammation factors, I might
take Mangosteen extract (not juice) for a number of days or weeks, and then I
rotate to using Life Extension's 5-Lox Inhibitor, which is another excellent
natural anti-inflammatory supplement for fibromyalgia.
Genesis Today Mangosteen. The only pure organic extract. Just 1-2 oz per day for anti-inflammation, anti-candida.
We can all use LESS inflammation and MORE relaxation.
Genesis Today Magnolia bark. For rest and relaxation. Helps to lower and balance cortisol which is often abnormal in those of us with chronic illness or any auto immune illness where the body is in a constant fight or flight mode.
Safe and natural.
When we continue to believe in the magnificence of the human mind and body, we might be amazed at the greater levels of healing that CAN be attained.
When it comes to strength and energy, it’s all about the
mitochondria (the powerhouse of our cells). I can support you in building better mitochondria. That is
really what I focus on in the beginning with clients. I often repeat the phrase:
"Get Up, Suit Up, Show Up, and Just Do It". However, without strong mitochondria, it’s hard to get
going, stay going and strengthen the body.
The metabolism will also suffer. And yet, what do I always say, "We can spend the rest of our lives RE-conditioning our bodies, OR we can spend the rest of our lives DE-conditioning ". So we have to know HOW to gather and balance energy.
Of course our fibromyalgia supplements have to address viral
and immune issues which drain energy reserves through overworking the adrenals.
Then along with a diet that avoids allergens such as wheat and dairy protein
(casein) and individual allergens, I promote a few extra fibromyalgia
supplements such as Alpha Lipoic Acid, Antioxidants, and Amino acids.
How do we
maintain mighty and strong mitochondria, the ‘powerhouse’ of our cells and the source of our energy? There are times when supplementation can aid in producing the energy so
desperately needed in the fibro body. CoQ10 and PQQ are two supplements that are essential when dealing with chronic
fatigue and FMS. And as we grow older, our bodies no longer produce the required amounts
of these nutrients to supply the energy needed. Read the latesr research at this link fibromyalgia-research-mitochondria.
The heart and other organs depend on a consistent supply to keep the motor running and the metabolism effective. CoQ10 protects our mitochondria AND helps combat free radicals. PQQ creates NEW mitochondria and it a very potent antioxidant. The Ubiquinol version ensures absorption; it's both physically effective and cost effective since taking a form that is not absorbed is a waste of time and money. Read my additional page on CoQ10 here.
Not all B Vitamins are created equal. The B-Complex family of vitamins is very important for those of us with fibromyalgia. Why do I recommend this formula? It contains the form that our bodies can best utilize. The B-6 form called P-5-P is essential for MANY functions in the body including healthy metabolism. It also causes tryptophan (the precursor for Serotonin) to act more quickly. See Treatment For Fibromyalgia-Serotonin. The B-12 form is essential for brain function and endocrine support as well.
Amino acids have been useful in many cases as a supplement for fibromyalgia and metabolic dysfunction; however, when using Amino acids, its best to consult with a doctor or naturopath to discuss the dosages that will be right for you individually.
Some examples I rely on: Glutamine is great for muscle and gut health, Glycine supports liver, brain and nervous system. Branch Chain Amino Acids (BCAA's) are helpful before exercise.
I have devoted an entire page to Amino Acids which you can read by clicking
NAC (N Acetyl Cysteine)
It is a precursor to glutathione and also an amino acid (see dosage note above). It is essential for those with lowered immune status, those with auto immune illness, cancer and/or anyone who is exposed to electromagnetic fields through constant use of devices such as computers, cell phones, etc.
It can reduce stress on the body and contribute to greater
feelings of well-being.
Note: Check with doctor/naturopath if you have a history of renal issues or stones.
The Fibro Body also needs an easy to assimilate, non-allergen form of protein. "PlantFusion" works great to feed muscle, repair leaky gut and sustain energy. This protein powder eliminates allergens including whey, soy, gluten, casein AND rice. Be sure to obtain the ORIGINAL version which is free of rice protein. ORIGINAL Plantfusion comes in flavors or unflavored. I recommend mixing in a high powered blender with organic additions like greens, flax meal, green apple, berries, coconut oil and any other heal-thy ingredients compatible with YOUR body.
Before Original "PlantFusion", there was no safe
protein powder I could recommend to my clients or use myself as a fibromyalgia supplement. I simply support
it because it IS an ESSENTIAL tool in a heal-thy diet and in my fibro-fitness
So, if you are going to buy protein powder, I recommend you support your metabolism and endocrine system today with Original Plantfusion, like many others who continue to praise this healthy protein source. With BCAA's and Glutamine, PlantFusion supports a healthy gut and balanced energy. It's definitely an essential fibromyalgia supplement.
Are YOU getting your tart cherry?
Quality standardized extracts of tart cherry have been shown to support:
1. Anti-inflammation/ joints.
2. Cardiovascular health.
3. Natural form of melatonin.
4. Improved muscle recovery.
I promote the Life Extension brand, easy to take in capsule form with most optimal amount of anthocyanins, the active part of the tart cherry.
In a 5-year study that is currently on-going several thousand healthy men and women are taking VITAMIN D and/or fish oil supplements. They are being examined at regular intervals to determine the benefits for preventing cancer and cardiovascular disease. The study is also looking at whether these supplements affect diabetes, high blood pressure, cognitive problems, osteoporosis, mood disorders, infections, and autoimmune disorders.
Hopefully, this study will resolve the back-and-forth between the Alternative Medicine community and the scientists who have not yet reached a conclusion regarding the effectiveness of vitamin D or fish oil in preventing and fighting these diseases. We'll keep you updated....
Also, VITAMIN D has also been shown to ease the symptoms of fibromyalgia. I've devoted an entire page to vitamin D3; you can read it by clicking treatment for fibromyalgia-vitamin D
Shown here is my favorite, easy to absorb LIQUID vitamin D emulsion.
Especially important during the winter season.
Quality fish oil and liquid emulsion VITAMIN D. Great combination of nutrients for autuimmune disorders.
Both are essential fibromyalgia supplements.
inflammation, immune support and bone health .
The health benefits of CLO are many. It is beneficial to the nervous and immune system. It improves brain function, reduces arthritis, blood pressure, cortisol and inflammation. The list goes on.
With naturally occurring vitamin A and vitamin D, Green Pasture fermented cod liver oil is superior as there is absolutely nothing added and its' purity is THE best.
Magnesium is an essential fibromyalgia supplement for the Fibro body. Just be
sure to get it in an absorbable form to lessen the tendency for GI issues and to
increase bio-availability. From the nervous system to muscle health, we need a
healthy supply of magnesium.
Another good addition to magnesium is malic acid to also
increase ATP and energy within the body.
Thyroxin free, for those who may not be tolerating even the most natural thyroid hormone.
Glandulars can be a safe and effective way to supplement thyroid and adrenals that may be
compromised by chronic illness.
On Valentines Day I am reminded of chocolate and red berries.
And what's better than the PURE extract of the organic goji berry ?
Genesis Today brand is the finest goji extract available !!
Everyone loves the taste AND the antioxidant benefits.
The Organic Greens powder is free of allergens and makes another great addition to any heal-thy diet.
TWO healthy products to increase your health account value naturally !!
Gluten free Grow Bone system by Garden Of Life, not your average calcium. This is RAW food
calcium, not rock, chalk, etc. I have been using and promoting this for myself and for
anyone, especially those with low bone density and any Osteo issues. See my page on Raw Calcium and Vitamin K for important information.
It's my empty capsule cup. I prefer to use the powders in cases of things like amino acids instead of capsules, and recommend that to control dosage. It is also more cost effective. I do believe that the less capsule jackets in our system the better, especially with any leaky gut issues OR if you take multiple capsules every day.
Twice a day I take my fibromyalgia supplements and I empty anything from
capsules into a shaker cup with about 2 oz. of water and drink it down!! This also helps with absorption of supplements.
It doesn't matter what the capsule jacket is made out of, vegetable, cellulose, stearate, whatever... we don't need the excess in our GI tract.
Now, this is not 100%, certainly take capsule when needed for convenience. And again, we should not be over-doing our consumption of supplements anyway.
Really, the capsule is for the convenience of the supplement manufacturer. Take it into consideration. No, I'm not the only one who does this...it's recommended by other practitioners as well ..
There are several steps you can take to deal with the financial cost of supplements:
Let's work on creating MORE superhero energy, and stop
settling for super zero energy. It CAN be done.
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