The 9 Best Supplements for Fibromyalgia CFS ME

9 Key Supplements for Fibromyalgia and CFS/ME

In Blog by Alyssa Reid4 Comments

Finding relief in regards to fibromyalgia and CFS symptoms that aren’t prescription meds can lead to trying many different supplements – and expense.  If you’re anything like me, you have a cupboard (or several cupboards, ahem) full of supplements.  Here is a guide to the 9 key supplements you may want to consider.

Ultimately, the best place to get your vitamins and minerals are actually from food, but in many cases, our food supplies have been so corrupted – between GMO (genetically modified organisms – which to be blunt are scary) and the fact that our soil, from which vitamins and minerals come from to begin with and go into the food, are highly depleted that and in many cases, we would have to eat a LOT of a variety of different foods, in order to gain the amount of supplements we need.  This means, that in order to complete our diets, we are turning to supplements.

Here is the list of the 9 key supplements that you may want to consider to help promote optimal health.  Please note that I am not a doctor or nutritionist.  This is just a guide for you to investigate further in regards to what might be suitable for you, including the best dosage.  I highly recommend seeking advice from a functional medicine doctor/naturopath in order to test for deficiencies and provide you with the correct dosage requirements your body needs.  Look for someone who tests with a Vega machine, which doesn’t hurt and is not invasive.

Also…please know that unlike many medications that act as ‘bandages’ to suppress symptoms almost immediately, it can take up to several weeks before noticing a difference in your health.  A great way to track your progress is by using our FibroMapp app.  This triple HealthLine award winning app allows you to track, monitor, record and create reports regarding pain, fatigue, mood, sleep, tracks your meds/supplements with reminder alarms and so much more.

1.B Complex Vitamins

B- complex vitamins are for energy, immunity, nerve, and brain function.  They will help you to fight the fatigue, reduce your brain fog and increase your immune system to fight off bugs.

Many of us are struggling with adrenal fatigue and stress, that’s why we like Stress B Complex – Adrenal Support & Stress Management supplements because:

  • Unlike many B vitamin products, Stress B-Complex contains some B vitamins in their active form to enhance bioavailability
  • Stress B-Complex contains an optimal balance of essential B vitamins with extra vitamin B5
  • Stress B-Complex is yeast free
  • Does not contain dairy, soy, corn, egg, peanuts, yeast, sugar, magnesium stearate, binders, coatings, disintegrants, artificial colors, artificial flavors, or artificial sweeteners. Thorne Research, Inc. does not make any products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (known as GMOs).

2. Magnesium

Magnesium is a really critical supplement that almost all of us in the western world are lacking.  In fact, 2 out of 3 people are magnesium deficient.  Had a magnesium test and it showed up that you were ok?  Guess what?  Magnesium tests done are actually 99% INACCURATE. That’s because they are testing the blood serum.  Where only 1% of the body’s magnesium is present.

According to Dr. Carolyn Dean an expert in magnesium deficiency says,

“In spite of, or perhaps because of, all the metabolic processes that rely on magnesium (over 350 processes), less than 1 percent of our body’s total magnesium can be measured in our blood; the rest is busily occupied in the cells and tissues or holding our bones together.

“Unfortunately, most magnesium evaluations done in hospitals and in laboratories use the antiquated serum magnesium test.”

To complicate matters even more, there are a variety of different types of magnesium on the market- many of which are not absorbed by the body (and therefore gives you diarrhea).  

One of the best ways to get magnesium is thought to be transdermal therapy – in other words, through your skin. You can do this by having a soak in Epsom salt and/or applying magnesium oil to your skin after a bath or shower.  Zechstein magnesium oil is thought to be the best in regards to transdermal therapy.

Magnesium oil can itch – that’s why this Astura Triple Filtered Magnesium Oil is great.  As it is triple filtered and ultra pure, it reduces the chance of itching.

Magnesium does the following:

-Promotes sleep

-Reduces/stops heart palpitations/ increases heart health

-Joint pain relief

-Anti-aging

-Boosts energy levels

-Improves skin

-Reduces headaches/migraines

-Helps IBS

…and much more!

For more information about magnesium, check out our article about how the symptoms of magnesium deficiency read a lot like that of fibromyalgia and CFS here.

3, Selenium

Selenium affects the quality of blood flow and increases antioxidant capabilties.  By doing this, it enhances resistance against stress and diseases. As an antioxidant, it lowers inflammation and free radical damage.

In other words,,, it help to fight off viruses, defends against heart diseases, helps with asthma and helps to prevent common forms of cancer. It also supports thyroid function.


Selenium can be found in natural food sources such as eggs, tuna, liver, cod, Brazil nuts,poultry and sunflower seeds.  However…the easiest way to ensure that you are getting an adequate amount of selenium is via a supplement.

Thorne Research Selenomethonine (Selenium):

  • Does not contain dairy, soy, corn, egg, peanuts, yeast, sugar, magnesium stearate, binders, coatings, disintegrants, artificial colors, artificial flavors, or artificial sweeteners. Thorne Research, Inc. does not make any products that contain Genetically Modified Organisms (known as GMOs).

4.  Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid)

Vitamin C, which is also known as Ascorbic Acid has a multitude of health benefits from boosting the immune system to the treatment of lead toxicity.  It helps to heal the body, lowers hypertension, combats stroke and controls symptoms of asthma as well as being used to treat cancer.  Vitamin C also promotes healthy bones and supports nerve transmission.

If you are looking for a supplement, look for a dual stage released product, such as the Soloray 2 Staged Time Release Vitamin C in order to provide you with ongoing supplementation, as it can leave the body fairly quickly (not to mention makes your pee a lovely yellow color!).

For more information on  Vitamin C go here.

5. Omega Fatty Acids 3-6-9

Fatty acids are important for all systems of the body to function normally, including your skin, respiratory system, circulatory system, brain and organs. There are two fatty acids, termed essential fatty acids (EFA) that your body does not produce on its own. EFAs have to be ingested.

These fatty acids can come from foods such as some nuts, seeds and the oils they produce – as well as from fish. And many of the supplements that you see that are the Omega 3-6-9’s tend to be from fish…which we highly suggest you AVOID.  This is because a) they tend to be rancid and b) many fish are contaminated with mercury – so ultimately, you are introducing even more toxins into your body!

If you are looking for a supplement that is not fish based, look for something like cold pressed hemp seedoil such as the supplement from Healthy Body Omega 3-6-9 Hemp Seed Oil Softgells.  Hemp seed oil is refuted to be the most unsaturated oil from the plant kingdom. For more information on the health benefits of Omega 3-6-9 go here.

6. Vitamin D

In spite of the name, vitamin D isn’t actually a vitamin at all! Vitamins are nutrients that cannot be created by the body and must come through either diet or supplements.  Our bodies are capable of producing vitamin D through sunlight on the skin…that’s why it’s called the ‘sunshine vitamin’.

Vitamin D performs the following functions:

  • Regulates insulin levels and aid diabetes management
  • Influences the expression of genes involved in cancer development.
  • Maintains the health of bones and teeth
  • Supports lung function and cardiovascular health
  • Supports the health of the immune system, brain and nervous system

For more information about Vitamin D go here.  Nested Naturals D3 with certified organic extra virgin olive il is bovine (cow) free and also GMO free, too.

7. Zinc

Many people tout that zinc is the best remedy to fight off a cold.  However, the benefits are much more far reaching than that!

Zinc benefits also include its ability to act as an anti-inflammatory agent (something us fibromyalgia peeps will find very helpful) as well as assists with many other aspects of our body function, including our nervous system.  Zinc may have significant therapeutic benefits for several common, chronic diseases like fighting cancer or reversing heart disease.

Zinc Deficiency Symptoms

  • Changes in appetite, including food cravings for salty or sweet foods
  • Changes in ability to taste and smell
  • Hair loss
  • Digestive problems, including diarrhea
  • Weight gain/loss
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Hormonal problems, including worsened PMS or menopause symptoms
  • Low immunity
  • Infertility
  • Poor concentration and memory
  • Nerve dysfunction
  • Slowed ability to heal wounds, skin infections or irritation

For more information on zinc, the benefits and food sources, go here.

8. Iodine

Iodine plays a main role in thyroid health.  Although you may have been tested for your thryoid, chances are your test results were inaccurate…And thyroid function is key in regards to establishing a proper metabolic rate.

The standard thyroid test that most doctors use and rely upon for both the diagnosis and the treatment doesn’t actually even test the thyroid – but what the pituary gland is doing!  This is the TSH test – the thyroid stimulating hormone test.  

Take this information and the above in regards to the magnesium tests used are completely inaccurate and you can start building a story about how screwed up our health systems are…

You can actually order an Complete Thyroid Home Test from Amazon, as many labs/doctors don’t even bother testing for what is known as ft3, ft4 and TPO – all important on top of the TSH test!

A few iodine deficiency symptoms that resonate with fibromyalgia and CFS are depression, poor perception issues, frustration, coarse skin, constipation and fatigue.

9. Potassium

Bet you’ve heard about eating a banana before bed can really help with restless leg syndrome (RLS).  The thing is,  you might be needing to eat quite a few bananas…and bananas are very high in sugar -something you might be wanting to curb.

On top of many things, potassium reduces anxiety and stress, increases metabolism and muscle strength and assists with electrolyte and nervous system functions.

You can actually get supplements with potassium AND iodine combined (potassium iodide) to help support thyroid function.  Alternatively, Megafood offers a supplement that is calcium, magnesium and potasssium.

Conclusion

Although the 1 a day multivitamins that have become so popular for the past few decades provide some (if not all) of these supplements discussed, they may not provide enough of what you need – hence the reason for individual supplementation.  One of the other key players that it is recommended you have tested is your B12 levels.  Many people with CFS and fibromyalgia have very low B12 levels which can affect fatigue and energy.  If this is the case, you will need a B12 injection from your doctor vs taking a supplement, generally.


As mentioned above, food is the best way to get many of these vital vitamins and minerals, but unless you are looking to go organic and eat a lot of different foods (which can become very expensive and impossible in some cases, in regards to the amount you need to eat), supplements are a great alternative.

However.  If you are struggling with fibromyalgia, CFS and other health conditions, ultimately, the first place to start is actually improving your gut health – which we will be discussing in future blogs.  Detoxing is an imperative place to start in order to reduce inflammation, kick out pathogens such as parasites and metal poisonings and much more.  From there, you have a clean slate to start adding important supplements such as the 9 key supplements listed as well as incorporate a healthier diet.  If you would like to get more information on improving your get health, be sure to register to get our newsletter here.

Comments

  1. Your comment about thyroid tests might be inaccurate. When ruling out lupus and rheumatoid arthritis when figuring out if you have fibromyalgia or not, the thyroid test includes testing for ft3 and ft4. My tests blood tests did. The home test kit are often unnecessary and a waste of money. People need to do their own research and learn to read their lab results and what they mean, enough to ask doctors the right questions.

    1. Author

      I agree with you in regards to people researching and learning to understand their own lab results etc. It’s imperative in regards to gaining control of our health. My understanding is that in the UK the results and their ‘meaning’ vary from lab to lab, region to region in regards to what is within an ‘acceptable range’. (Crazy!). Personally, working with a functional health specialist and using natural supplements is the way forward on this one…

  2. Hi, Thanks for sharing these amazing benefits of vitamins and minerals, it has been a great help. Keep sharing and caring.

    1. Author

      Thanks for your comment, Anaya! I always appreciate when someone takes a moment to comment – have a great, pain free day! x

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