Fibromyalgia can affect every single aspect of your life with discomfort and pain. Unfortunately, there isn’t a tried-and-true method for treating fibromyalgia. But some supplements can help relieve fibromyalgia symptoms.
Magnesium supplements are one way to relieve pain and body tenderness. Additionally, you may be surprised to know that Epsom salts already include magnesium! Today we’re exploring the interconnectedness between magnesium and fibromyalgia relief.
Low Levels of Magnesium in Women with Fibromyalgia
Fibromyalgia is more prevalent in women than in men. Unfortunately, women with fibromyalgia have significantly lower levels of calcium, iron, and magnesium. This is true when compared to women without fibromyalgia.
This was found when comparing hair samples in women with fibromyalgia to women without the condition. Hair testing is an effective way to test for “intracellular status.” This means that minerals present in hair can give insight into possible treatments for fibromyalgia.
Eating foods with magnesium can help relieve some fibromyalgia symptoms, alongside magnesium supplements. But what kind of magnesium is the best to try when addressing fibromyalgia symptoms?
Magnesium Supplements for Fibromyalgia Relief
Magnesium is present in many foods naturally, including spinach and sunflower seeds. However, a lot of the mineral is lost when these foods are cooked before consumption. Supplements offer an alternative way to take in magnesium at promised levels.
One promising magnesium supplement includes magnesium citrate. Magnesium citrate helped reduce symptoms in a study of 60 women with fibromyalgia. Specifically, the substance helped reduce tender points and general tenderness. These are common in those with fibromyalgia.
Transdermal magnesium chloride has also improved the quality of life of those with fibromyalgia. Many enjoy magnesium glycinate to reduce pain and anxiety symptoms, while others enjoy magnesium malate for similar reasons and believe it may be easier absorbed into the body.
This means that topical solutions with magnesium alone could help relieve pain and improve your daily life.
Epsom Salt Baths and Magnesium
Do you love to end (or start!) a day with a calming Epsom salt bath? You may be surprised to learn that Epsom salt baths are actually made of magnesium sulfate. That’s right! Most Epsom salt bath lovers credit the magnesium present in Epsom salt baths for its relaxing qualities.
Epsom salts are named after the Epsom region of England. Unfortunately, more studies need to be done on the effectiveness of Epsom salt baths as a magnesium treatment. However, the baths are not harmful and worth a try on a stressful day.
Try pairing this with a magnesium supplement! You may find relief from your fibromyalgia aches and pains.
Magnesium for Daily Fibromyalgia Relief
Before adding magnesium to your daily routine, it’s important to consult your doctor. They can help measure your current level of magnesium via a blood test. Additionally, your doctor can make sure that supplements won’t interfere with other medications.
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