Supplements are a big part of the treatment regimen for many of us with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. I'm no exception - in fact, I consider my supplements a major reason for my long-term remission.
Lysine helps with cellular repair, and I started taking it to help with my weak, splitting fingernails, fragile hair, and slow-to-heal skin (any scratches I got were taking months to go away.) I recently wrote about a hypothesis one doctor is testing - that fibromyalgia is linked to herpes simplex 1 - and that put lysine front and center in my mind. The amino acid is generally believed to suppress the herpes virus, and I always take extra when I get a cold sore. Some cases of chronic fatigue syndrome may be linked to another herpes virus, HHV-6.
Lysine can also help with several other issues many of of us face. You can learn more about it here:
Turmeric (a.k.a. curcumin) is one I added a few years ago when my liver enzymes were elevated, as it's believed to protect against liver damage. (Because I regularly take NSAIDs, opiates and muscle relaxers, it's essential that I protect my liver!)
I'd also read that it can be effective against some fibromyalgia symptoms as well as several other ailments. You can read more here:
Do you take either of these supplements? Why did you start using them? Do they sound like they could help you? Leave your comments below!
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