I don’t use a lot of supplements. Mostly because I don’t have a lot of expendable income to do so. But there are a few I do use regularly.
B Complex: I just need to boost by B’s for the fact they are beneficial for so many things from stress to inflammation. And specifically for migraines.
B 12: I boost specifically my B 12 for nerve damage and I frankly believe the peripheral neuropathy was caused by a B12 issue. Either way, for nerve damage the recommendation is 1000 mg.
FibroCane: I actually take FibroCane as my Fibromyalgia supplement, and this combos everything I need in it already. Specifically, Vit D, magnesium, calcium, coenzyme Q10, GABA. I would list the rest but I can’t, the bottle is too hard to read. lol. Anyway, those are the ones I take it for. But it does have B’s in it as well and I have been thinking of getting rid of my B complex as a result.
- As we all know magnesium (Magnesium and FM)is a big one for fibromyalgia, and I also use a magnesium oil and Epsom salts in addition to this.
- It also has ginger root in it, which as an addition is great because I get so nauseated with vitamins usually. And I can only assume this useful addition is why I do not. But it has its own perks as well.
- Vitamin D has been mentioned in a lot of research. The pain clinic has me on 5000IU of it in fact. (2000 of that comes from here) It goes well with the calcium and magnesium. Magnesium is one of the basic migraine supplements we should all take.
- Rosemary is one I have been taking for myself for some time. It actually is said to do great things for brainfog and I was pleased to see it in there to be honest. It is also used for circulation and joint pain. I assume the circulation factor is the brain booster.
- GABA can help with mood and relieving pain. People often take this one alone, and I never have taken it, so I thought when I gave the combo supplement a go, this would be good to try.
- CoQ10 Well here “Many claims are made about CoQ10. It is said to help heart failure, as well as cancer, muscular dystrophy, and periodontal disease. It is also said to boost energy and speed recovery from exercise. Some people take it to help reduce the effects certain medicines can have on the heart, muscles, and other organs.” (WebMD) It is a common one for Fibromyalgia.
Rhodiola: This supplement is something I use for mental and physical fatigue specifically. And it works for me, and quite frankly, nothing else does much for that heavy fatigue I feel.
Calcium: I take extra calcium for low bone density.
The reason I have narrowed it down to these ones is because a) some are necessary and recommended by my doctor (Vitamin D, Calcium, B12 and Magnesium) and b) some of them just have proven to work. I have weeded out the unnecessary ones that just didn’t seem to do anything and these were the ones that remained, for me. Some more for migraines and some more for Fibromyalgia. And then Calcium, just for the whole bone density issue, but of course, it does work in conjunction with the magnesium and vitamin D. There is a reason I take the FibroCane. I did a review on it and rather liked the combo approach and the fact I just need to take 2 pills a day rather than dozens, so that saved me some money right there. Not to mention it has other ingredients that are great that I wasn’t taking.
I could Easily add to this list by the way. I could add so many more. I think we all could. But this is one of those out of pocket chronic illnesses expenses we deal with along with alternative treatments. And it adds up. But the research is there for some of these. Magnesium for example is not just for my Fibromyalgia, it is a two for one, since it is also important for migraines. Considering that fact, and how important it is for Fibromyalgia, I am not skipping that one. I consider a B complex to be a good idea anyway, but the fact I need a few of those for migraine prevention, that is important. The research on Vit D is interesting to me and I know for a fact Canadians are often deficient in it and knowing that is reason enough to supplement in it.
But the fact remains, we have to pick and choose. And we have to pick and choose based on Reasons. What is the best benefit for us? What is working for us? What doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all? What is the cost factor? What is the benefit? I sometimes don’t get my Rhodiola due to cost factors, but man, it is such a good one to have. It is difficult when none of these sorts of treatments are covered, but are also important.
What are your supplements? Are they working for you?