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Many have not thought about the correlation between nutrition and pain.

However it has been shown that many foods can be pro-inflammatory, and inflammation has shown to be a main cause of pain in fibromyalgia.

Nutritional Medicine (Dietary) Dietary Therapeutic Objectives

What we do in nutrition and naturopathy is use anti-inflammatory foods reduce the incidence of inflammation in the body,  this reduces pain from fibromyalgia (FM).

Patients with FM have shown to have large inflammatory mediators in the brain these cells travel throughout the body causing systemic inflammation.

If we reduce pro-inflammatory foods and increase anti-inflammatory foods then inflammation and therefore pain decreases.

Antioxidants: A number of small studies have suggested that a diet that is rich in plant antioxidants may reduce symptoms associated with fm.
Inflammation causes oxidative stress: Oxidative stress is a by-product of our normal body processes and not surprisingly has been linked to FM.

EFA’s and fat soluble Vitamins.

EFA’s or essential fatty acids are as the name suggests essential they do everything from give us glossy hair, to maintaining our cellular membrane and regulating hormones synthesis they are also powerful antioxidants.

EFA’s contain fat soluble vitamins which are vitamin A, D, E and K. Which help with the above actions and much, much more!

Good quality vegetable oils, sunflower, sesame, olive, soybean, peanut oils contain high amounts of omega 6. Walnut, flax seed and hemp seed oil have high omega3 but are heat and light sensitive so don’t cook with them or they oxidise.

Nuts and seeds. Flax seeds, sunflower, chia seeds, hemp seeds, cashews, pine nuts, walnuts, pecans and brazil nuts are all EFA rich

Omega 3- potent anti-inflammatory nutrient.

Omega 3 is also needed for cellular signalling when your nerves want to achieve an action like moving a muscle, activating a hormone like serotonin signalling, Omega 3 is also needed for memory and cognitive thinking.

Omega 3 Food Sources are:

Animal sources

Oily fish such as Salmon,





Plant Based Sources

Chia seeds,

Flax seeds,

Hemp Seeds


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