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Fibromyalgia and Inflammation

FM and other inflammatory illnesses may benefit from specific changes to your diet. There is some evidence for all of these suggestions, but none of these is guaranteed to show improvements for any specific individual. You will need to experiment with these and see what works for you:

  • Limit processed foods and sugars, both known to worsen inflammation.

  • Eat anti-inflammatory foods such as those with high fiber, and turmeric and ginger.

  • Add in known anti-inflammatory supplements such as vitamin C, zinc, and omega-3 fatty acids. 

  • Vitamin D and Magnesium can benefit those with chronic pain conditions. 

    • Magnesium can be found in several foods: almonds, pumpkin seeds, dark chocolate, and spinach. 

    • Vitamin D is best taken as a supplement (or in foods like milk and some cereals that are fortified with D), especially if the patient does not get out in the sun often. 

      • Current research suggests at least 1000IU of vitamin D and up to 5000IU daily. 

      • Recent research has found no toxicity at 10,000 IU per day and levels as high as 15,000 IU/day are probably tolerated, but check with your doctor.

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