This table shows the Fibromyalgia Nutrients.
|Acidophilus (Kyo-Dophilus from Wakunaga)||As directed on label.||Candida infection is common in people with fibromyalgia. Probiotics replace “friendly” bacteria destroyed by candida. Use a nondairy formula.|
|or bifidis (Bifido Factor from Natren)||As directed on label.|
|Coenzyme Q10||75 mg daily.||Improves oxygenation of tissues, enhances the effectiveness of the immune system, and protects the heart. Fibromyalgia Nutrients.|
|plus Coenzyme A from Coenzyme-A Technologies||As directed on label.||Works with coenzyme Q10 to increase energy supply to the cells.|
|Lecithin||As directed on label, with meals.||Promotes energy, enhances immunity, aids in brain function, and improves circulation.|
|Malic acid and magnesium||As directed on label.||Involved in energy production in many cells of the body, including the muscle cells. Needed for sugar metabolism.|
|5 mg daily. Take separately from calcium.||Influences the metabolic rate by its involvement in the pituitary hypothalamic-thyroid axis.|
|Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH) (Enada)||10-15 mg first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach.||Increases level of energy.|
|Proteolytic enzymes or Inf-zyme Forte from American Biologics||As directed on label, 6 times daily, with meals, between meals, and at bedtime.||Reduces inflammation and improves absorption of foods, especially protein, which is needed for tissue repair.|
Vitamin A with mixed carotenoids
|25,000 IU daily for 1 month, then slowly reduce to 10,000 IU daily. If you are pregnant, do not exceed 10,000 IU daily.||Powerful free radical scavengers that protect the body’s cells and enhance immune function. Use emulsion form for easier assimilation.|
|plus vitamin E||200 IU daily.||Use d-alpha-tocopherol form.|
|or ACES + Zn from Carlson Labs||As directed on label.||Contains vitamins A, C, and E plus the minerals selenium and zinc, to protect immune function.|
|Vitamin C with bioflavonoids||5,000-10,000 mg daily.||Has a powerful antiviral effect and increases the body’s energy level. Use a buffered form.|
|Dimethylglycine (DMG) (Aangamik DMG from FoodScience of Vermont)||50 mg 3 times daily.||Enhances oxygen utilization by the muscles and destroys free radicals that can damage cells.|
|5-Hydroxy L-tryptophan (5-HTP)||50 mg daily for 1 week, then increase to 100 mg daily.||Enhances synthesis of serotonin in the brain. Excellent for pain relief.
Caution: Do not use if you take an MAO inhibitor, commonly prescribed for depression.
|Free form amino acid (Amino Balance from Anabol Naturals or Amino Blend from Carlson Labs)||As directed on label.||To supply protein essential for repair and rebuilding of muscle tissue and for proper brain function. Use a formula containing all the essential amino acids.|
|Garlic (Kyolic from Wakunaga)||2 capsules 3 times daily, with meals.||Promotes immune function and increases energy. Also destroys common parasites.|
|plus Kyo-Green from Wakunaga||As directed on label.||To improve digestion and cleanse the bloodstream. Fibromyalgia Nutrients.|
Grape seed extract
|As directed on label.||Powerful antioxidants that protect the muscles from free radical damage and enhance immunity.|
|or Pycnogenol||As directed on label.|
|Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM)||As directed on label.||Provides support for tendons, ligaments, and muscles.
Note: Because this supplement contains sulfur, you may notice an odor to your urine.
|Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) cream||As directed on label.||Relieves pain.|
|As directed on label.||Aids in relief of stress and depression, eases pain, and produces antioxidant effects that can improve the health of your liver.
Caution: Do not use if you have bipolar mood disorder or take prescription antidepressants.
Do not give to a child under twelve.
|Vitamin B complex injections||2 cc twice weekly for 1 month or as prescribed by physician.||Essential for increased energy and normal brain function.
Injections (under doctor’s supervision) are best. All injectables can be combined in a single syringe.
|plus extra vitamin B6 (pyridoxine)||¼ cc twice weekly for 1 month or as prescribed by physician.|
|and vitamin B12||1 cc twice weekly for 1 month or as prescribed by physician.|
|plus raw liver extract||2 cc twice weekly for 1 month or as prescribed by physician.||A source of B vitamins and iron.
Caution: Do not take a supplement containing iron unless prescribed by your physician.
|or vitamin B complex||100 mg of each major B vitamin 3 times daily, with meals (amounts of individual vitamins in a complex will vary).||If injections are not available, or once the course of injections has been completed, use a sublingual form of all the B vitamins listed.|
|Calcium||2,000 mg daily.||Needed for proper functioning of all muscles, including the heart; relieves muscle spasms and pain. Deficiencies are common in people with this disorder.|
|and magnesium||1,000 mg daily.|
|and vitamin D||400 IU daily.|
|Chromium||200-400 mcg daily.||To help balance blood sugar levels and aid in preventing night sweats.|
|Creatine||As directed on label. Do not take with fruit juices, as this combination produces creatinine, which is difficult for the kidneys to process.||To combat muscle depletion. Should be used in conjunction with a balanced, nutritious diet.|
|500 mg daily every other week.||Can be very effective for controlling pain. Also increases mental alertness.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are pregnant or nursing, fibromyalgia nutrients, or suffer from panic attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, or PKU.
|Essential fatty acids (black currant seed oil, flaxseed oil, Kyolic-EPA from Wakunaga, or primrose oil)||As directed on label 3 times daily, with meals.||Protects against cell damage. Helps to reduce pain and fatigue.|
|Fibroplex from Metagenics||As directed on label.||A formula containing vitamins B1 and B6 plus magnesium, manganese, and malic acid.|
|Fibro-X from Olympian Labs||As directed on label.||To relieve pain. Contains many nutrients listed in this table, plus shark cartilage.|
|Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)||As directed on label.||For proper control of brain function and to control anxiety. Fibromyalgia Nutrients.|
|Kelp||As directed on label.||Contains minerals that support the thyroid.|
|L-Ieucine||500 mg each daily, on an empty stomach. Take with water or juice. Do not take with milk. Take with 50 mg vitamin B6 and 100 mg vitamin C for better absorption.||These amino acids are found primarily in muscle tissue. They are available in combination formulas.|
|plus L-carnitine||As directed on label.||Increases energy.|
|L-tyrosine||500-1,000 mg daily, at bedtime.||Helps to relieve depression and aids in relaxing the muscles.
Caution: Do not take this supplement if you are taking an MAO inhibitor drug.
|As directed on label, 1-2 hours or less before bedtime.||Promotes sound sleep. A sustained-release formula is best. Take a sublingual form during the night if you wake up and cannot go back to sleep.|
|Multivitamin and mineral complex||As directed on label.||All nutrients are necessary in balance. Use a high-potency hypoallergenic formula.|
|plus carotenoid complex (Advanced Carotenoid Complex from Solgar)||15,000 IU daily.|
|Ocu-Care from Nature’s Plus||As directed on label.||Contains essential nutrients to protect and nourish the eyes.|
|Raw thymus glandular||As directed on label.||To boost the immune system.|
|and raw spleen glandular||As directed on label.|
|plus multiglandular complex||As directed on label.|
|Reishi extract||As directed on label.||A mushroom extract that helps the body deal with stress and increases energy levels.|
|Taurine||500 mg daily, on an empty stomach.||An important antioxidant and immune system regulator necessary for white blood cell activation and neurological function.|
|Vanadyl sulfate||As directed on label.||Protects the muscles and reduces overall body fatigue. Fibromyalgia Nutrients.|
❑ Astragalus and echinacea enhance immune function.
Cautions: Do not take astragalus in the presence of a fever. Do not take echinacea for longer than three months. It should not be used by people who are allergic to ragweed.
❑ Black walnut and garlic aid in removing parasites.
❑ Boswellia is excellent for morning stiffness and joint pain.
❑ Teas brewed from burdock root, dandelion, and red clover promote healing by cleansing the bloodstream and enhancing immune function. Combine or alternate these herbal teas, and drink 4 to 6 cups daily.
❑ Calendula or rosemary oil (or a combination of the two), diluted with an equal amount of water or vegetable oil and massaged into the skin, helps to relieve pain.
❑ Topical applications of cayenne (capsicum) powder mixed with wintergreen oil can help relieve muscle pain. Cayenne contains capsaicin, a substance that appears to inhibit the release of neurotransmitters responsible for communicating pain sensations. Use 1 part cayenne powder to 3 parts wintergreen oil. Cayenne can also be taken orally, in capsule form.
❑ Put 4 to 6 ounces of ginger powder into a moderately hot bath. This will induce sweating and help remove toxins from the body. Drinking hot ginger tea will have the same effect.
❑ Ginkgo biloba improves circulation and brain function.
Caution: Do not take ginkgo biloba if you have a bleeding disorder, or are scheduled for surgery or a dental procedure.
❑ Kava kava decreases anxiety and elevates the mood.
Caution: Kava kava can cause drowsiness. It is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers, and it should not be taken together with other substances that act on the central nervous system, such as alcohol, barbiturates, antidepressants, and antipsychotic drugs.
❑ Licorice root supports the glandular system, especially the adrenal glands.
Caution: Licorice root should not be used during pregnancy or nursing. It should not be used by persons with diabetes, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, or a history of stroke.
❑ Milk thistle protects the liver.
❑ Pau d’arco, taken in tea or tablet form, is good for treating candida infection.
❑ Skullcap and valerian root improve sleep. Fibromyalgia Nutrients.
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