Fibromyalgia Diet

There is no specific diet recommended for those suffering from fibromyalgia. However, a well-balanced diet is essential to good health and will help to maintain strength and energy. There are no studies that have compared diets and found one to be superior to another for people with fibromyalgia.

That being said, some nutrients may target symptoms of fibromyalgia, such as muscle pain, fatigue, depression and others.

These vitamins and minerals might have a positive effect on some fibromyalgia symptoms

Calcium
Builds dense, strong bones early in life and assists in keeping them strong as we age. Calcium plays a role in muscle contraction and also in neurotransmitter release. Dairy products, such as milk and cheese, are good sources of calcium, as are orange juice, nuts, seeds, broccoli and beans.
Vitamin D
This important vitamin is thought to play a role in immunity and in prevention of heart disease. Vitamin D has also been studied in regards to its possible ability to prevent MS (multiple sclerosis) in children of parents who have MS. Lack of vitamin D is also thought to be linked to depression. Vitamin D is called the sunshine vitamin because our bodies are able to absorb ultraviolet rays and turn it into vitamin D. We also get vitamin D in our diets, from food sources such as oily fish, liver and eggs.
Magnesium
Inadequate magnesium intake may result in muscle spasms, and has also been linked to cardiovascular disease, migraines, anxiety and high blood pressure. Good sources of magnesium are nuts, spinach, whole grains and seeds.
Vitamin C
Vitamin C helps in the synthesis of neurotransmitters, as well as being a potent antioxidant. Vitamin C also aids iron absorption. It is thought to boost the immune system as well, but research is conflicting in this aspect. Good food sources are citric foods and juices, as well as many plant-based foods. Liver is a good animal source of vitamin C.
Vitamin A
Vitamin A is best known for its important role in vision, but it also boosts immune function, bone metabolism and has potent antioxidant properties. It helps to maintain healthy skin. Good food sources are liver, carrots, broccoli, spinach and sweet potatoes.
Iron
Iron is an essential component of proteins that are involved in the transport of oxygen; low iron levels (anemia) may cause fatigue, decreased immunity and poor work performance. Good food sources of iron are liver, beef, chicken, fish, oatmeal, beans, spinach and fortified cereals.
B vitamins
A group of 8 vitamins that help to break down carbohydrates into energy (glucose), aid in normal function of the nervous system, aid in health of the eyes, skin, mouth, hair and liver. B-complex vitamins are found in whole-grain cereals and breads, milk, rice, eggs, nuts, fish, fruits and leafy green vegetables, to name a few food sources.
Omega-3 fatty acids
May help to prevent certain cancers, prevent cardiac disease, boost brain function and health, help in depression, boost immunity, and decrease arthritic pain. Sources of Omega-3 fats are fish, eggs and flaxseed oil.

These nutrients are all part of a healthy diet. Most can be found easily in everyday foods. Paying attention to diet and the nutrients in the foods you eat can allow you to concentrate on the nutrients thaat are important to treating fibromyalgia symptoms, such as fatigue, depression, muscle pain, and others. Although diet alone can not cure fibromyalgia, it can go a long way towards helping you to feel stronger and more full of energy, with less pain and fatigue.

 

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Fibromyalgia is a prevalent condition that affects many people in the United States. Approximately 3.7 million Americans have Fibromyalgia. That is 1 in every 73 people.

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