Medical health professionals together with the media and government bodies are imploring people to take an interest in nutrition and examine their diets. All too often dismissed, it is important to adopt a proactive approach to managing our health, and a good diet may make all the difference in helping your body cope with the symptoms of fibromyalgia. There are nutritional ‘strategies’, which involve adapting what you eat to offer biological reinforcement to different areas of the body.Changing your dietary intake may help to alleviate symptoms by providing additional support for your immune system. This naturally stimulates the generation of anti-inflammatory prostaglandins within your body, which provide pain-relief to the muscles.
Fibromyalgia is a rheumatic disorder classified primarily by chronic pain throughout the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Individuals may also suffer from headaches, have poor concentration or lack of memory and they may even feel irritable or depressed. By monitoring their nutritional intake of the polyunsaturated fatty acid eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), sufferers can help manage their symptoms. Whilst our bodies are naturally equipped to generate EPA by a series of conversions of the foods which we eat, the rate of conversion is very often insufficient to meet requirements and thus supplementing with a quality fish oil product provides benefits that diet alone may not be able to match.
Within the body, EPA is converted into powerful ‘hormone-like’ substances called ‘eicosanoids’, which play a major role in the cardiovascular system. These lower blood pressure, increase circulation, exhibit anti-inflammatory properties and reduce triglyceride and cholesterol concentrations. They are known to exhibit anti-inflammatory actions, and play a major role in immune system function, which explains their utility for managing the symptoms which characterise fibromyalgia, such as severe muscular pain.
During an immune response, signalling compounds, known as cytokines are produced, which permit intercellular communication. When the immune system is fighting pathogens, cytokines are released, which proceed to signal the relevant immune cells to travel to the site of infection. Cytokines ‘activate’ those cells, stimulating them to generate additional cytokines.
Cytokine production falls into two categories: inflammatory and anti-inflammatory. There is increasing evidence that inflammatory cytokines register in increased numbers in fibromyalgia patients, and explain many of the associated symptoms such as fatigue, fever, lack of sleep, pain, and aching.
Vegepa is a patented and unique formulation of ultra-pure EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) from marine fish oil and GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) from organic virgin evening primrose oil, providing a highly concentrated source of omega-3 & omega-6 long-chain fatty acids and botanical triterpenes. Providing the EPA without DHA (another omega-3 fatty acid), allows the body to produce maximal amounts of the important eicosanoids needed to counteract the inflammatory agents associated with Fibromyalgia. By supplementing the diet with pure EPA, the body is able to convert the EPA into DHA as and when the body needs it, without interfering with the healthy production of the anti-inflammatory eicosanoids.