SAMEe is a chemical compound found naturally in the body produced from methionine, an amino acid found in high protein foods, and adensosine triphosphate (ATP), a substance involved in the production of energy in the body. SAMe reduces pain, tenderness, fatigue, and depression. It is used by the body to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter involved in mood and pain regulation. Three out of four RCTs investigating SAMe in the treatment of fibromyalgia reported that SAMe was more effective than a placebo in reducing both the number of tender points/or the degree of tenderness felt, as well as symptoms of depression.
Eleuthero is a plant that grows in southeastern Russia, nothern China, Korea, and Japan. The parts of the plant used are the root and rhisomes (underground stems). It is also known as Siberian ginseng or Devil's shrub. It helps to beat fatigue and imporves mental alertness. The active ingredients include eleutherosides and complex sugars, which help the body produce energey. In a study published in Psycological Medicine in 2004 concluded that eleuthero both reduced fatigue and improved energy levels in people with chronic fatigue. A review published in Phytotherapy Research in 2005 clamied that adaptogens like eleuthro can reduce pain, boost energy and improve sleep in fibromyalgia suffers.
I use Celestial Seasonings Tension Tamer. I make a coffee cup full each morning with one tea bag, strain, place in a coffee mug with a closed lid, and sip throughout the day. Works wonders!
St. John's Wort is a hedgerow plant with yellow flowers. It has an antidepressant effect similar to those of SSRIs and MAOIs (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). It also helps ease nerve pain and has antiviral properties. St. John's Wort boosts levels of the brain chemical serotonin, low levels of which have been linked to fibromyalgia. The active ingredient, hypericin, is thought to keep the brain chemicals linked to positive mood, such as serotonin and noradrenaline, in the brain for longer. It does this by blocking the effects of an enzyme that destroys them. Serotonin and noraderenaline are involved in the regulation of pain.
Red Montmorency Cherries are a type of tart cherry grown in North America. They help maintain muscle strength, ease pain, and improve sleep patterns. These cherries are rich in antioxidants called anthocyanins and flavonioids which reduce inflammation. They are also rich in the 'sleep homrone' melatonin. In 2011 researches at the Oregon Health & Science University reported that drinking tart cherry juice helped to maintain muscle strength and reduced overall pain. Another study in 2011, at the Northumbria Centre for Sleep Research at Northumbria University, found that volunteers who drank red cherry juice slept more soundly for a longer periods of time.
I personally live off the beaches of sunny Florida and get enough of this vitamin manually by lying my achy body on the closest beach. But, if you can't, this is one essential vitamin for fibromyalgia suffers.
Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin know as the sunshine vitamin. Most of your vitamin D can be had from being in the great outdoors for at least 20 minutes each day. It is also found in foods like oily fish, eggs and liver, as well as fortified cereals and margarine. Lack of vitamin D can cause symptoms linked to fibromyalgia, including muscle pain, fatigue, low mood, and sleep and digestive problems. Vitamin D relieves muscle pain, boots mood, and promotes a sound sleep. It improves absorption of calcium, which low levels are associated with muscle and bone pain. Calcium is also needed for a healthy nervous system and a calm disposition. It is also involved in the production of serotonin, from which the body also makes the 'sleep hormone' melatonin.