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
your 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 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.
Omega product 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. Supplementing with
pure 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.