Kick chronic pain to the curb with powerful antioxidants
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you’re more than acquainted with pain. In fact, it never seems to go away.
This disabling condition can twist your muscles into knots…disrupting your sleep and sapping your energy.
Most conventional doctors will just write you a script for anything from muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatories to anti-depressants; but those can leave you feeling zoned-out and not necessarily rested OR free of pain.
Now, a new study out of Brazil has revealed a natural way to lessen the pain, without the dangers and side effects of drugs. It’s a powerful antioxidant that you can find in a variety of plants, including in the skins of red grapes, called resveratrol.
And that means there’s more than one reason you may get some relief from that glass of red wine.
In the study on mice, resveratrol mixed with rice bran oil significantly reduced the symptoms of widespread pain and depression.
The study’s researchers induced the same full-body sensitivity associated with fibromyalgia in laboratory mice and then gave them a mixture of resveratrol and rice oil in either single or quadruple doses.
In both instances, the pain sensitivity lessened – but when the mice were given four doses at once as a preventative measure, their signs of depression were also reduced.
Interestingly, the rice oil alone didn’t reduce pain at all, but for some reason it helped the resveratrol work even better.
The theory is that this mixture can change the oxidative state of your spinal fluid, so your body sends out fewer pain signals.
Every case of fibromyalgia is different – and each person responds to the pain associated with it in their own unique way. That’s why treatments can vary from person to person and doctor to doctor both in mainstream and holistic medicine.
Since its symptoms can mirror a number of other conditions like chronic fatigue, lupus, and Epstein-Barr, it can be difficult to diagnose in the first place.
It’s even been found that fibromyalgia could be a manifestation of a hidden infection – which may be why the rice bran oil worked, since it’s thought to modulate your immune system in addition to acting as both an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
Regardless, this latest finding is good news – mostly because resveratrol is so good for you in so many ways, having been shown to fight everything from heart disease to cancer.
If you do suffer from the systematic pain and tenderness associated with fibromyalgia, you can get a quality resveratrol supplement from your local health store or online.
In addition, I often use acupuncture to treat my patients with fibromyalgia, as well as supplement with magnesium. This mineral can work miracles on fibromyalgia and a number of other health conditions.
And finally, I shared some in-depth findings on magnesium in the March issue of my Nutrition and Healing newsletter. If you’re already a subscriber, you can use your password to access the issue online. No password? No problem. You can sign up right here.