Pain & Fatigue Supplements

At Osteopathy For All we are not nutritionists and so therefore recommend that if you need more in depth guidance to find your local nutritionist for more information. We have worked with Sally Galloway in Lewes in the past.

There is a lot of mixed information about the efficacy of supplements and generally if you are eating a well balanced diet with lots of different food groups you shouldn’t need them.

However, when the body is stressed and overwhelmed, especially long term we are not always able to eat well due to fatigue or effectively absorb the nutrients we require. Therefore by taking supplements you are taking the pressure off the body having to produce them or obtain them only from food.

When buying and using supplements ensure you are buying from a reputable manufacturer and using the best quality supplements you can afford. Make sure you follow the dosage instructions and check with your medical practitioner first if you have a medical condition or take medication.

Supplements alone are not going to cure your chronic pain but they will help support your recovering body.

These are the supplements that we find supportive to the body – especially if you are in chronic pain.

Vitamin D

The symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are very similar to those of fibromyalgia/chronic pain. Pain, muscle tiredness and fatigue.

Vitamin D is produced in the skin when it is exposed to the sun and the best way to boost vitamin D is 10 minutes out in the sun each day.  Many people now are deficient in vitamin D due to the protection of the skin with sun cream so vitamin D supplements are a good place to start and especially through the winter. When taking vitamin D it is best to take D3 (not D2) and in combination with vitamin K2 that enables absorption.

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is an excellent all rounder. It is important for boosting your immune system and is a key building block for soft tissues in the body.Vitamin C, also known as ascorbic acid, is necessary for the growth, development and repair of all body tissues. It’s involved in many body functions, including formation of collagen, absorption of iron, the immune system, wound healing, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones, and teeth.

A recent meta-analysis showed vitamin C was beneficial to individuals whose immune system was weakened due to stress

It is indicated to aid with chronic pain and can also decrease the effects of memory fog that often accompanies it.

BioCare Mitoguard

This supplement can help with fatigue.

Provides optimal amounts of vitamin B2 and B3 essential components of energy production that contribute to the reduction of tiredness. It also contains D-Ribose, Korean Ginseng, CoQ10, B Vitamins, Alpha Lipoic Acid and Antioxidants.

Magnesium Malate

This supplement provides a complex of malic acid and magnesium. Magnesium contributes to a number of important functions including:

  • Normal energy-yielding metabolism and the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
  • Electrolyte balance.
  • Normal functioning of the nervous system.
  • Normal muscle function.
  • Normal protein synthesis.
  • Normal psychological function.

It is also important to aid good sleep.

Omega 3

Omega 3 is important for balancing the brain chemicals involved with chronic fatigue.

Other Nutritional Consideration Toolkits

You may be interested in our other ‘Nutritional Consideration’ chapters within the Mindbody Toolkit: