10 Tips for Managing Fibromyalgia Symptoms

By Hannah de Gruchy / Lifestyle / October 17th, 2022

8. Take Magnesium Supplements

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Taking a nutritional supplement is commonplace in today’s modern world, to help complement a healthy diet to support various health needs. Some people find that magnesium supplements help to relieve some of the symptoms related to fibromyalgia – namely pain and restless sleep.

Magnesium is a mineral essential for various different biological functions, including healthy bones and muscles. It’s found in cashew nuts, Brazil nuts, almonds, beans, seeds, avocados, buckwheat, quinoa, tofu, bananas and leafy greens.

Studies suggest that a magnesium deficiency can result in “muscle pain, sleep difficulties and anxiety, all of which are common symptoms of fibromyalgia”. This has therefore led some researchers to suggest that a magnesium deficiency “may play a role in the development of fibromyalgia”.

Taking magnesium citrate, a common nutritional supplement, can “significantly decrease” the intensity of pain, the number of tender points and feelings of depression after eight weeks.

What’s more, magnesium can also help to promote better sleep, helping you to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep for longer. The NHS recommends taking 300mg magnesium a day if you’re taking a supplements, alongside eating foods that are naturally rich in magnesium.


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