Fibromyalgia is a syndrome affecting an estimated 10 million people in the US alone, and an estimated 3-6% of the population worldwide. Fibromyalgia is most prevalent in women, who account for 75-90% of sufferers.
The disorder is characterised by chronic, widespread pain and abnormal, heightened response to pressure; however, it’s not restricted to these sensory effects. Fibromyalgia may also cause disturbed sleep and cognitive issues, muscle spasms and weakness, and bladder or bowel problems. The causes and mechanisms of fibromyalgia are not entirely clear, which can make diagnosis and treatment a confusing and frustrating process for both you and your doctor. Until fibromyalgia is better understood, most treatments focus on reducing symptoms and improving quality of life.
Exercise and diet are important factors in managing any chronic health condition; exercise in particular helps relieve pain through stimulation of your body’s natural endorphins. Some medications have demonstrated benefits for varying numbers of patients, but these tend to come with notable side effects.
Natural health supplements are a simple, low-risk way to manage fibromyalgia symptoms.
Recent research has provided us with some good scientific evidence for the use of colostrum for fibromyalgia. Research has shown that around a third of fibromyalgia patients have low levels of insulin-like growth factor IGF-1, meaning their growth hormone levels are low.
Better still, a study which focused on injecting women with fibromyalgia and low IGF-1 levels with daily growth hormones resulted in these women experiencing an improvement in pain levels and better energy and stamina. Daily injections aren’t a great option in the long term, though.
How about a dietary source of the missing IGF-1? Enter colostrum as a dietary supplement! Colostrum is a powerful source of immunoglobulins and growth factors including IGF-1.
Controlling inflammation is a priority, to reduce pain and stiffness; Green Lipped Mussel’s rich essential fatty acid content is a potent anti-inflammatory proven by extensive research. Green Lipped Mussel also contains a number of other bio-nutrients including vitamin D, magnesium and zinc. The muscle aches, spasms and joint pain of fibromyalgia can be aggravated if you’re deficient in any of these important substances.