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Vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids provide the building blocks for your body to get well and stay well.

The following foods, supplements & lifestyle choices can help correct nutritional deficiencies, reduce pain and inflammation, increase your energy and generally help improve symptoms in fibromyalgia:

Vitamins and Minerals

Vitamins and Minerals can help Fibro

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to sunlight

Vitamin D reduces cytokine production the protein that causes inflammation so a deficiency can exacerbate autoimmune conditions

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin so stored in the body. Think about choosing an oil-based supplement or take them with food that contains some fat.

Vitamin D2 is produced by plants, and Vitamin D3 is made by your skin
vitamin D3 or cholecalciferol – high bioavailability

NOTE: Dangers of too much Vitamin D is the buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia) weaken the bones and damage the kidneys and the heart.
Think about adding K2 as it helps move calcium into your bones.

Vitamin B12

Make sure includes methylcobalamin – Believed to be the active form of vitamin B12 and remains in the body longer.


May improve muscle functional capacity


Fibromyalgia has been linked to a mineral deficiency
Malate – energising / Muscle fatigue
Magnesium helps natural muscle and nerve relaxant and critical for the relief of muscle pain

Malic Acid

Malic acid may help muscle tissues get more oxygen, improve energy production in the muscle cells and prevent muscle tissue breakdown

Montmorency Tart Cherry

Montmorency Tart Cherry can help relieve the pain, help muscles recover and improve sleep

CoQ10 (Coenzyme Q10)

Can Reduce  Pain, Fatigue and Morning Stiffness

Fat-soluble nutrient

NADH - nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) + hydrogen (H)

NADH believed to promote fatigue reduction, enhanced mental clarity, and increased levels of neurotransmitters like dopamine.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)

It has been suggested that because dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels have been found to be low in the condition and raised by exercise


Melatonin often used to aid sleep, but can also been used for depression, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.


Turmeric is Anti inflammatory


Prominent herb in Indian Ayurvedic to nourish the mind and relax the nervous system.
Benefits for the Brain, Thyroid and Even Muscles
Normalise physiological functions, neuroprotective, anti-anxiety, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory


also called Carnitine, L-carnitine

Helps memory and brain function.
L-carnitine plays a key role in energy production.
In studies been shown to lower pain levels and improve mental health.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Helps reduce the body’s production of inflammatory hormones


A simple sugar which fuels the mitochondria use to produce adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP), which provides cellular energy.
Improving cellular energy boosting muscle energy. It has also been used to improve symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia

S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)

Has been shown to relieve depression and chronic pain

Required for immune function, and assists in the production and breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.

SAM-e may reduce fibromyalgia symptoms of pain, fatigue, and stiffness.

NOTE: If taking antidepressants consult doctor before taking SAM-e

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

It may help relieve pain, morning stiffness, fatigue, and anxiety.

Helping raise serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin, a chemical messenger that sends signals between your nerve cells.
Serotonin levels are also associated with depression and sleep

Clinical trials have shown 5-HTP is associated with improvements in anxiety, pain intensity, quality of sleep, fatigue, and tender points.

NOTE: If you take antidepressants, you should not take 5-HTP.

Other Options




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Diet, Lifestyle and Fibromyalgia

Foods to Eat
Green vegetables – Provide essential minerals such as magnesium
Malic Acid Foods – Tart fruits such as Granny Smith apples, certain grapes, and cranberries.

Food to Avoid
Gluten – Inflammatory Food – Can cause autoimmune issues
Sugar – Increases pain and inflammation.
Processed foods or foods with additives
Excess alcohol and caffeine – Causes mineral deficiencies and dehydration



Probiotics & Prebiotics

Gut Health – Eat Fermented foods – Probiotic foods such as sauerkraut

Probiotics appear to play a significant role in supporting the immune system.



Essential Oils

Frankincense oil – Add into massage oil to help pain as has natural anti-inflammatory properties reduce inflammation, pain, and stiffness.

Helichrysum oil – antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory
It is an antispasmodic and can give you quick relief in case a spasm begins

Alternative Therapies

The Lightning Process

Fibromyalgia Research

Research on Fibromyalgia:

Fibromyalgia: Complementary and alternative treatments

Rhodiola Rosea

A randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study of the standardised extract shr-5 of the roots of Rhodiola rosea in the treatment of subjects with stress-related fatigue.


The use of D-ribose in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia: a pilot study.

Gut Health

Altered microbiome composition in individuals with fibromyalgia

A diagnostic biomarker profile for fibromyalgia syndrome based on an NMR metabolomics study of selected patients and controls

The presence of metabolic indicators of perturbations in the gut microbiome (hippuric, 2-hydroxyisobutyric and lactic acids) supports the paradigm that regulation of the gut-brain axis becomes affected in stress related disorders, like FMS. Three metabolite markers (taurine, creatine and succinic acid) were important for the differentiation between FMS patients and controls and were significant indicators of the pain and fatigue symptoms in FMS

Free amino acids in fibromyalgia syndrome: relationship with clinical picture.

Serum leptin in Egyptian patients with fibromyalgia syndrome: relation to disease severity

Vitamin D

Serum vitamin D level and bone mineral density in premenopausal Egyptian women with fibromyalgia.

Effects of Vitamin D Therapy on Quality of Life in Patients with Fibromyalgia.

Vitamin D and fibromyalgia: a meta-analysis.

The role of vitamin D testing and replacement in fibromyalgia: a systematic literature review

The Synergistic Interplay between Vitamins D and K for Bone and Cardiovascular Health: A Narrative Review

Purine metabolites in fibromyalgia syndrome

5-hydroxytryptophan (5-HTP)

Primary fibromyalgia syndrome and 5-hydroxy-L-tryptophan: a 90-day open study.

5-Hydroxytryptophan: a clinically-effective serotonin precursor

S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAMe)

Oral S-adenosylmethionine in primary fibromyalgia. Double-blind clinical evaluation

Evaluation of S-adenosylmethionine in primary fibromyalgia. A double-blind crossover study.

Double-blind, placebo-controlled cross-over study of intravenous S-adenosyl-L-methionine in patients with fibromyalgia.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Complementary and Integrative Methods in Fibromyalgia

In chronic fatigue syndrome, the decreased levels of omega-3 poly-unsaturated fatty acids are related to lowered serum zinc and defects in T cell activation.

The ω3 fatty acids have mild anti-inflammatory properties, decreasing synthesis of thromboxane A2 from arachidonic acid. Intake of ω3 fatty acids is inversely associated with major depression, (43)(44) a strong comorbidity with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. (45) Furthermore, serum levels of the ω3 fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid are significantly lower in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome than in healthy controls. (46) Supplementation with ω3 fatty acid has some evidence of efficacy in treating a number of nonspecific symptoms associated with fibromyalgia, including fatigue, arthralgias, (47) depression, (48) and anxiety. (49)

We suggest ω3 fatty acids as an initial recommendation, with 5-HTP and SAM-e as secondary choices. The ω3 fatty acids have more potential benefits in other areas related to chronic widespread pain and fibromyalgia, whereas 5-HTP and SAM-E essentially work as serotonergic antidepressants.

Omega-3 fatty acids for neuropathic pain: case series


Creatine supplementation in fibromyalgia: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

These findings introduce creatine supplementation as a useful dietary intervention to improve muscle function in fibromyalgia patients.


Double-blind, multicenter trial comparing acetyl l-carnitine with placebo in the treatment of fibromyalgia patients.

these results indicate that LAC may be of benefit in patients with FMS, providing improvement in pain as well as the general and mental health of these patients

A randomised controlled trial comparing duloxetine and acetyl L-carnitine in fibromyalgic patients: preliminary data.

these preliminary findings confirm the efficacy of duloxetine, and suggest that acetyl L-carnitine is also efficacious in improving depressive symptoms, pain, and the quality of life of FMS patients


An Overview on Ashwagandha: A Rasayana (Rejuvenator) of Ayurveda

There are dozens of studies that show that Ashwagandha slows, stops, reverses or removes neuritic atrophy and synaptic loss. Therefore Ashwagandha can be used to treat Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and other neurodegenerative diseases at any stage of the disease, even before a person has been diagnosed and is still in the state of mild forgetfulness, etc.

NADH and CoQ10

Does Oral Coenzyme Q10 Plus NADH Supplementation Improve Fatigue and Biochemical Parameters in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

Therefore, CoQ10 plus NADH as natural supplementation could be used as a possible alternative and complementary therapy for this condition and even in other chronic illnesses associated to fatigue.


Prescribed exercise in people with fibromyalgia: parallel group randomised controlled trial


Is Fibromyalgia Due to a Mineral Deficiency?
Using supplemental magnesium to treat fibromyalgia symptoms


Response to vitamin B12 and folic acid in myalgic encephalomyelitis and fibromyalgia.

B1 Thiamine

High-dose thiamine improves the symptoms of fibromyalgia



Louise Burton-Payne

Passionate about feeding my body a plant-based vegan food to benefit my health, save the planet and protect animals.

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