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Many who live with fibromyalgia report improvements in their symptoms with the use of proper supplementation. The problem is, there are so many on the market, how do we know which ones are worth the time and investment? After all, supplements are a 30 billion-dollar industry, they are everywhere and are not closely regulated by the FDA.
In recent months however, I have heard a lot about one supplement in particular called Fibrolief Support Formula. I wanted to believe there could be a great supplement for fibromyalgia that I could recommend to my family and friends, so I did a little research and asked those that have tried it some questions. This is what I’ve learned about the product.
What is a supplement anyway?
Fist of all, it’s important to know what a supplement is. A supplement is simply a product designed to supplement the diet. Most adults in the US take or have taken at least one supplement. While the FDA oversees both medications and dietary supplements, a supplement is not a drug, and therefor is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure any disease.
You should also talk to your healthcare provider before taking a new supplement, as they can interfere with different types of medications. Also be sure to check before hand to be certain you do not have any allergies to any of the ingredients listed on the bottle.
What is Fibrolief?
The most popular types of supplements are vitamins and minerals, but there is also sports nutrition, weight loss and specialty supplements available in pills, powders, drinks and bars. Fibrolief is a specialty supplement that comes in pill form. A specialty supplement is a formula that has been developed to support a specific function in the body or aid in a specific condition.
Fibrolief has been manufactured with a variety of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, herbs, botanicals and nutrients, shown to have a positive effect on fibromyalgia or other related symptoms. The manufacture’s claim that the supplement may help reduce the common symptoms of fibromyalgia including headaches, back and muscle pain, mental fog, energy dips and sleeping disorders.
What’s in this product?
The first thing I wanted to know before writing my review article, of course, was what the ingredients were, in order to determine whether or not they would be helpful to those who have fibromyalgia. Here is a list of the ingredients you will find in Fibrolief.
Curcumin BCM-95 R-ALA
White Willow Bark Vitamin B1
Celery Seed Extract Vitamin B12
Malic Acid Vitamin D3
Acetyl – L – Carnitine Vitamin C
Co Q 10 Zinc
Rhodiola Monnieri Vitamin B9
SAM -e Black Pepper Bioperine
Of course, there are many ingredients, but I would like to go through just some of the ones that I believe may be particularly beneficial for fibromyalgia symptoms, but also those that may cause some side effects in certain individuals that everyone should be aware of.
Turmeric & Curcumin
Curry is a popular spice mixture used abundantly in traditional Indian cooking and turmeric is what gives it that distinctive yellow color. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric and is a powerful anti-inflammatory and contains strong antioxidant properties.
Because of the wonderful medicinal properties of curcumin, it is fairly common to see it in various fibromyalgia supplements. The problem is, the bioavailability of Curcumin is poor, meaning it is not easily absorbed into the bloodstream.
Fortunately, the makers of fibrolief were aware of this and have added black pepper to the mix, which is excellent! Black pepper contains piperine, a natural substance that has been shown to increase the absorption of curcumin by 2000% It also has the ability to enhance the absorption of other supplements as well, such as Co-Q-10, and vitamins A, C and B-6.
Boswellia is derived from a tree native to Africa and Arabia called Boswellia Serrata and is also well known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It is often included in supplements that contain curcumin and has been shown to help with osteoarthritic pain, as well as asthma and inflammatory bowel disease.
Although Boswellia is generally regarded as safe and there may be many benefits to ingesting it, there are still some things you should know. Some individuals may experience side-affects such as nausea, bloating, acid reflux, diarrhea, heartburn and increased menstrual pain. Some individuals may be allergic to the substance.
Individuals should first check with their doctor before taking Boswellia as it can interfere with certain medications, such as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) and any type of blood thinners such as Warfarin. It should also be avoided if pregnant or nursing and not taken at least 2 weeks before undergoing any type of surgery.
Coenzyme Q10 is a compound that our body’s produce naturally. It is a powerful antioxidant that helps generate energy in our cells. The unfortunate thing is that our production of CoQ10 drastically decreases as we age. This is definitely something a good fibromyalgia supplement should have.
CoQ10 had been mainly used for heart conditions such as heart failure and high blood pressure. It has many other benefits, however, and may help with the following conditions: Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, brain disorders, cancer prevention as well as the prevention of migraine headaches.
Acetyl – L- Carnitine
Acetyl- L Carnitine is an amino acid that is produced by the body for mitochondrial function and energy production. It is important for heart health, brain function and muscle movement. L-Carnitine has been used to aid in a variety of mental disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, age related memory loss, bipolar disorder and downs syndrome.
How can this help with fibromyalgia you may ask? L- Carnitine has also been shown to ease depression as well as alleviate nerve pain and fatigue caused by fibromyalgia. Be aware however that their may be some mild side-affects associated with this supplement including nausea and upset stomach.
According to WebMD a normal dose of Acetyl- L- Carnitine for those who suffer from diabetes related nerve pain is 1500 – 3000 mg daily for up to one year and 1 – 4 grams have been used daily for up to 60 days for the treatment of depression. Fibrolief is well within the appropriate dosage range at 200 mg of L-Carnitine per serving, which is 4 capsules.
What others had to say about Fibrolief Support Formula.
I have heard so much positive feedback on this supplement from those that I’ve spoken with including reports of less fatigue, less muscle pain and increased energy and mental clarity. The amount of time it takes for people to notice the benefits, however, seems to very greatly from person to person.
Some individuals have reported feeling remarkably better in just weeks after their first dose, whereas for others it has take several months. I have not heard anyone complain of any negative side-affects. The manufactures of Firolief suggests that individuals take it for a minimum of 4 months to know whether on not it will work for them. To read some of their great customer reviews on Amazon click here.
What I also like about Fibrolief is they stand behind their product and offer one of the bests money-back guarantees I’ve seen. If for any reason, you’re not satisfied with Fibrolief, you can request a full refund for or up to one year after your most recent purchase. The company also operates out of an FDA approved lab and claims strict quality control of their product.
While the product is a bit on the pricey side, (ingredients like this usually are) they do offer discounts if you purchase more than one bottle at a time. Each bottle has approximately an 18-month shelf life, so you won’t have to worry about the supplement expiring before you’ve finished all your bottles. I found the best price offered through amazon.com.
Will Fibrolief work for you?
It may work for you, however, everyone is different and there are never any guarantees with any supplement. I do like that the company is willing to answer any questions by phone or e-mail 24 7. I’m also rather impressed with the quality ingredients they have included in their product and I appreciate the fact that there is a money back guarantee offered.
Still, I report facts and my opinion of a product only, (what I like or dislike about it) at the end of the day, however, it is really up to you and your doctor to decide if this fibromyalgia supplement is right for you.
Please let us know your own thoughts on Fibrolief Support Formula in the comments section at the bottom of this post. Tell us if it has helped you or someone you know who has fibromyalgia; as always we want to hear from you!
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