Get These Vitamins For Surprise Relief From Fibromyalgia
Have you ever seen those commercials on TV where they say get these vitamins to get relief from problems due to old age or other chronic conditions?
You might be skeptical about the bold claims made in those commercials, but there is some truth between the vitamin deficiency and the symptoms in the fibromyalgia patients.
See, the vitamin is not only just essential for the overall health and well-being.
There have been many studies which have suggested that fibromyalgia symptoms such as chronic pain, muscles and joint pains, headache, insomnia, depression and anxiety are closely related to symptoms which are caused due to low levels of vitamins.
There are labs which provide vitamin and MTGHFR testing to determine your fibromyalgia condition and provide a recommendation to increase the vitamin dose to treat the fibromyalgia pain.
People with fibromyalgia symptoms have reported suffering from multiple vitamin deficiencies. Vitamin is essential for the proper functioning of our body.
When we eat food, the proteins, carbohydrates, and fats provide us the energy.
However, the vitamin does not give us any energy, but its chief function is to sustain and regulate the individual biochemical process, including cellular reproduction, digestion, and the metabolic rate.
Vitamins are organic compounds found only in plants and animals. A deficiency in vitamin level can cause several problems.
So, it is essential that we have a proper vitamin intake naturally by eating different verities of foods.
Vitamins act as a body’s defender, builder and maintenance workers helping us to build muscle and bones, make use of nutrients, capture and use energy and heal wounds.
Vitamins are so essential for every living being that even bacteria and fungi have to produce their own vitamins.
Unfortunately, human body cannot produce its own vitamin and we have to rely on eating nutrient rich diet or take supplements if we have a vitamin deficiency.
Vitamins come in two forms:
- Lipid – Soluble Vitamins also called fat-soluble (Vitamins A, D, E, & K)
- Water – Soluble Vitamins (Vitamin B and C)
The main difference between these two kinds of vitamin is how vitamins are stored and transported in our body.
Water soluble vitamins such as Vitamin B and C when taken goes directly into the blood stream and gets transported to the different part of the body.
Lipid- soluble vitamin such as Vitamin A, D, E and K found in milk, butter, and oil goes in to the stomach where the liver bile break it down and then get absorbed into the intestinal wall where it combines with protein to be transported to different parts of the body.
The one disadvantage of water soluble vitamins is that they are easy to digest but they are also get removed from body easily. Due to which they have to be taken almost daily to maintain the optimal level.
Whereas the body can retain lipid soluble vitamins and we don’t have to take it as often.
A deficiency is vitamins can cause fatigue, nerve damage, and heart disorders. But it does not mean that you overload yourself with vitamins as excess vitamins can cause toxicity in the body.
Having a stable Vitamin level in the body is important. These days modern life style where we make more use of pre-cooked meals and the use of chemicals and genetically modified foods causes loss of nutrients in the food.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of both vitamins and minerals for average healthy people.
Although these RDA are for healthy people, the fibromyalgia patients may need higher dose of RDA, but if you experience any adverse side effects then you should reduce the dose.
Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant and its main function is to help the growth and repair of body tissues, maintaining the immune system and help you with the vision.
People with vitamin A deficiency are more prone to infections, rough and dry skins, loss of smell and appetite, fatigue, and problems with gums and teeth.
Fibromyalgia patients also encounter symptoms related to fatigue and occasional rough and dry skins.
Fibromyalgia friendly food source for Vitamin A is in foods that are yellow and orange in colors such as carrots, sweet potatoes, apricots, cantaloupe, papaya, pumpkin, melons and mangoes.
Beta-carotene can also be found in dark, leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, cabbage and parsley.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 3,333 IUs (male) and 2,667 IUs (Female)
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 10,000 IUs
* RDA: Recommended daily allowance, IU : international units
Vitamin B Complex
Vitamin B complex has 8 types of vitamins ranging from B1, B3, B3, B5, B6, B7, B9 and B12.
Vitamin B are water soluble and helps in releasing the energy from the food we eat, and maintaining the good mental health.
Regular dose is required in fibromyalgia patients as Vitamin B helps the production of Serotonin, which is natural anti-depressant, and help us to sleep which many fibromyalgia patients suffer from.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine)
This vitamin is essential to regulate blood cell metabolism, digestion, pain inhibition and producing energy which many fibromyalgia patients suffer.
Fibromyalgia patients often have problem maintaining energy and experience severe fatigues. A lack of Vitamin B1 can produce thiamine deficiency syndromes, including beriberi and can also cause nerve inflammation.
Fibromyalgia patients with deficiency in vitamin B1 typically experience burning and tingling in the toes, feet, depression, fibro fog, insomnia, loss of appetite, and muscle weakness.
Fibromyalgia friendly food sources are oatmeal, cereal grains, beans, lentils, lean meats, dried beans, sunflower seeds and peanuts.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 1.5 mg (male) and 1.1 mg (Female)
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 30 mg
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Vitamin B2 is helpful in maintaining normal vision and studies have suggested that Vitamin B2 can prevents various eye diseases such as cataracts, and damage to the eye lens.
It is also necessary for red blood formation, cell respiration and antibody formation.
Vitamin B2 is also found to relieve migraine which many fibromyalgia experience on either regular and occasionally.
Since Vitamin B is water soluble, a heavy consumption of caffeine, alcohol, and some antibiotics can reduce its potency.
Fibromyalgia patients with deficiency in vitamin B2 typically experience trouble sleeping, sore lips and tongue and sensitivity to light.
Fibromyalgia-friendly food source for vitamin B2 are peanuts, free-range eggs, lean meats, soy products, whole grain and leafy green vegetables.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 1.7 mg (male) and 1.3 mg (Female)
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 25 mg
Vitamin B3 (Niacinamide)
Vitamin B3 is helpful in boosting good cholesterol level, production of hormones including insulin, female and male hormones and thyroxine which is produced by the thyroid glands.
In Fibromyalgia patients, the deficiency of vitamin B3 can cause problem with the digestive system, irritability, diarrheas, depression, fatigue, insomnia and ringing in the ears.
Fibromyalgia-friendly food sources are white meat, whole wheat, oily fish, avocados, nuts, peanuts, sunflower seeds, whole grains and prunes.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 1.1 mg
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 100 mg
Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid)
Vitamin B5 help in the manufacturing of red blood cells, maintaining healthy digestive tracts and most importantly production of anti-stress hormones.
Some studies have suggested that Vitamin B5 improves the symptoms of arthritis but more evidence is required to prove this relation.
Fibromyalgia patients with low in vitamin B5 experience muscle pain, dizziness, irritable bowel syndromes, restless, fatigue, depression and trouble in sleeping.
Fibromyalgia-friendly food source for vitamin B5 are Fresh meats, vegetables, fish, peanuts, walnuts, apricots, dates and mushroom.
Vitamin B5 gets easily lost when over cooked and it is important to keep in mind this when cooking food.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 6 mg
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 50 mg
Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
This vitamin helps to convert the fats and proteins in to energy and maintains the proper balance in the body by countering stress hormones.
Fibromyalgia patients often experience stress, nervousness, depression, anxiety, joint pains and severe mensural cramps in women.
Vitamin B6 helps metabolize proteins and accelerates the production of serotonin and magnesium metabolism.
Fibromyalgia-friendly food sources are fish, beef liver, potatoes, bananas, lean meats, dried beans, avocados, seeds, nuts, chicken, and eggs.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 2 mg
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 50 mg
Vitamin B12 (Cobalamin)
This vitamin help with the production of red blood cells, repairing of cells, and plays key role in the normal functioning of the brain and the nervous system.
Vitamin B12 is mainly found in the animal products, so if you are vegetarian then it is important that you take Vitamin B12 supplements.
Fibromyalgia patients who lack in vitamin B12 often experience depression, anxiety, fibro fog and headache.
Fibromyalgia-friendly food sources are turkey, fish, lamb, beef, lean meat and poultry.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 1 mcg
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 250 mcg
Vitamin C (L-ascorbic acid)
Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin and is also known as L-ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is an excellent antioxidant and is helpful in maintaining healthy bones, teeth, and gums.
In addition, it is helpful in repairing damaged cells, absorption of iron, and controlling stress hormones production.
Fibromyalgia patients low in Vitamin C experience bleeding gums, painful and swollen joint pains, muscle weakness, anemia and issues with the digestive system.
Fibromyalgia-friendly food sources are citrus fruits, strawberries, tomatoes, kiwifruit, broccoli, red and green peppers, and Brussels sprouts.
Vitamin C is very easily destroyed when cooked, so avoid streaming or microwaving for a longer period. When it is possible try eating it raw to get the maximum dose of vitamin C.
- RDA in Healthy Person: 60 mg
- RDA for Fibromyalgia Patient: 1,000 to 2,000 mg
Vitamin D (L-ascorbic acid)
Vitamin D is a lipid-soluble vitamin or fat soluble vitamin. There are very few foods which have vitamin D and many people know it as sunlight vitamin.
The ultraviolet rays from the sunlight trigger the production of vitamin D inside the body. Vitamin D helps in promoting the calcium absorption in the body which is helpful in maintaining stronger bones.
People who lack vitamin D get brittle and thin bones which is easily prone to injuries. Several other studies have suggested that vitamin D is helpful in maintaining healthy immune system and assist in regulation cell growth and differentiation.
Fibromyalgia patients often encounter muscle and joint pains. A study published in Elsevier Journal, says that Vitamin D supplements reduces pain fibromyalgia patients.
An expert from the article states, "Fibromyalgia patients with low vitamin D often experience muscle pain, bone pain, low mood, depression, insomnia, and digestive problems".
There is very few fibromyalgia friendly vitamin D food source such as fish and liver oils, cheese, egg yolks. However, unlike other vitamins, you can easily get vitamin D by exposure to sunlight.
It is advisable to walk in the sunlight and do not always put sunscreen as it decreases the amount of sunlight which can get absorbed in the skin.
Many diets come fortified with vitamin D and is helpful for people living in colder countries where the exposure to sunlight is at minimum.
Vitamin P (bioflavonoids and proanthocyanidins)
Vitamin P helps to reduce blood sugars, reduce lipids and fight the inflammation.
One of the most important function of vitamin P is to strengthen the blood vessels and capillaries including strengthening muscle fiber, improving energy production process and reducing the impact of free radicals.
Fibromyalgia patients often experience muscle inflammation and muscle weakness. The vitamin P can help to overcome these problems.
Vitamin P foods are also known as bioflavonoids and it is the pigment in the plants which produces bright colouring in the plants.
These pigments, which contain vitamin P, also helps plant to fight the infection, fungi and microbes.
Fibromyalgia friendly food source rich in Vitamin P are fresh fruits and vegetables such as spinach, apricots, lemons, oranges, grapefruits, cherries, and paprika.
There is no RDA level for vitamin P but fibromyalgia patients will see the benefit of taking above mentioned foods and also purchase over the counter supplements.
Can Supplements Help With Fibromyalgia?
Although the vitamins can be boosted naturally by taking well balanced and nutrients rich diet but it takes time and efforts to maintain the optimal levels of vitamin.
Sometimes regardless how much balanced diet you eat, the body still lacks one or more vitamin level. This is where the supplements come in and there are several to choose from.
Fibromyalgia patients need to consult their doctors before they start taking supplements as some pills may have harmful side effects and sometimes they should not be taken if you are taking some other fibromyalgia medicines.
If you decide to take supplements then make sure you read the amount of supplement level in each tablet.
Not all supplements are same, if you are deficient in one level of vitamin then consider taking supplement related to that vitamin only rather than the one which contains all the vitamins.
Supplement for single vitamin level comes with higher dose amount than the catch all multivitamin supplements.
Fibromyalgia patients should try taking supplements for at least 2 to 3 weeks before you decide to add other supplements.
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