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Fibromyalgia and diet

Many scientists, doctors and therapeutists stress the role of appropriate nutrition in fibromyalgia management. The proper diet helps to sooth the symptoms and to gain disease remission. Two substances play a key role in fibromyalgia outcome and are strictly related to the diet.

Serotonin and Tryptophan

A disturbed serotonin metabolism without any doubt plays an essential role in the background of fibromyalgia. Serotonin is an important neurotransmitter that is engaged in numerous processes in our nervous system. Serotonin is also called the happiness hormone. It plays a key role in our wellbeing and mood. It has been discovered irrefutably that an increase in serotonin level improves mood. On the other hand, low levels of serotonin were found among people with depression. The source for serotonin production by our nerve system is tryptophan. It is so called essential amino acid, which means that it cannot be synthesized natively by the organism being considered, and therefore must be supplied in its diet. A natural, good source of tryptophan are products rich in proteins e.g.: dairy products like cottage/fresh cheese, hard cheese, yoghurt, kefir, soya products, pumpkin seed, spirulina, egg, meat (particularly poultry), fish and banana.

Arachidonic Acid and Sugar
Arachidonic acid may have a negative role in inflammatory diseases and pain syndromes. It is a lipid component of cell membrane and material for production i.a. of proinflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes. The most recent studies show that consumption of simple sugars or fast absorbable carbohydrates significantly facilitates an increase of arachidonic acid deposition in cells. Moreover, an oxidation process due to high sugar and/or high fat diet leads to the release of arachidonic acid and the formation of proinflammatory substances. Increased pain sensation that is observed in FMS creates spurs that "call" these proinflammatory substances. This is why one should reduce consumption of fatty food and simple carbohydrates like sugar, honey, jam, confectionery, etc. Also beneficial is the elimination of foods that have a high content of arachidonic acid like: pork lard, pork liver and its preserves, pork meat, tuna fish meat and egg yolk.
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