I have shelves and shelves of different vitamins, minerals, herbs, amino acids and other supplements that I have tried over the years. I must admit, most of them didn’t seem to make a damn bit of difference.
Here is what I finally concluded and the supplements that I now take regularly.
Minimally, I always recommend that you take basic vitamins – A to E, including higher dosages of B vitamins (like a couple B 100s per day), C (at least 1,000 mg per day), D3 5000 to 10,000 IU per day and E.
B and D vitamins particularly have been found to be deficient in those who suffer from Fibromyalgia.
I found that B vitamins helped ease depression. Also, low D3 has been linked to Fibromyalgia.
Several months ago I switched to a liquid vitamin and mineral supplement that is so much easier to take and I think it works better. This is likely because of the fact that these come from natural sources as opposed to being synthetic, resulting in better absorption. One capful daily is super easy to take. I recommend one that is made from natural organic sources – mainly fruits and vegetables. You can still take a couple extra supplements that you want to boost in addition to the liquid. For years I took a lot of vitamins and minerals in pill form daily – this is so much easier and it seems to work so much better!
Get one that you like the taste of. I have tried several and I noticed that the ones that taste bad get harder and harder to get down your throat.
This one is what I use and it is the best I have found. The link below gives info on it. You can buy it on Amazon. It tastes pretty good: http://naturalvitality.com/organic-life-vitamins/
You may find other better options than this. I have not done enough research to be able to tell you what is best but I do know vitamins help a lot so take the time to find what works for you.
Probiotics are also really important. I have covered more information on probiotics later in this book in the chapter on the immune system.
Minerals and trace minerals that include selenium, molybdenum, potassium and manganese.
Additional calcium to help prevent osteoarthritis and magnesium can often help with the achy muscles.
I use liquid minerals that include trace minerals and I just put a capful in a protein drink each day.
I usually supplement my diet with a daily protein drink. I use an organic plant based protein powder that has no added sugar or sweeteners except for stevia. I usually make a drink with some organic fruit, water, liquid minerals and a scoop or two of protein powder. It tastes like a yummy milkshake, is filling and is a way to increase my protein without a lot of carbs.
Hydrolyzed Collagen, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM and hyaluronic acid all can help joint pain. There are some powdered forms you can get that have all of this. I just throw a scoop of this in my daily protein drink and I can’t even taste the difference.
Melatonin – as needed to help with sleep as covered in the chapter on sleep.
Omega 3 oils are also extremely important.
Turmeric, a spice you can use in cooking (it is the key spice in curry) and you can get in capsule form, can be very helpful for relieving inflammation.