By LUKE ANDREWS
FIBROMYALGIA is a condition of final diagnosis, according to some GPs. When they can’t establish what is causing
symptoms, such as lack of sleep, fibromyalgia is eventually diagnosed. Treatment focuses on reducing these
symptoms, which includes changes to lifestyle and diet. Eating this green food could help you get more sleep.
A clinical health nutritionist has claimed that adding vegetables like Asparagus to your diet can reduce fibromyalgia symptoms.
Dr Josh Axe, based in the US, said sufferers should try “melatonin-rich foods” as this will “help them sleep”.
Writing on his website, Dr Axe continued : “As sleep disorders are common among fibromyalgia symptoms, increasing the sleep hormone melatonin is recommended.
Melatonin, a hormone naturally made in your body, regulates your body’s sleep pattern.
Deficiencies in zinc, magnesium and folate have been linked to lower melatonin levels meaning, according to Dr Axe, eating foods containing these may raise your melatonin level and help you get to sleep.
Asparagus, ginger and bananas were all labelled as foods that can help you achieve more sleep.
Eating foods containing these substances has a “limited” impact own your sleeping pattern, according to a 2012 study published in the journal of Food and Nutrition Research.
“Overall, foods containing melatonin or promoting its production, as well as those containing vitamins and minerals which are needed to help generate melatonin, may modulate levels of the hormone,” wrote the authors.
“Even so, the influence of daytime diet on the creation of night-time melatonin is limited.”
They wrote these foods had more of an impact on daytime melatonin levels.
However, eating fruits and vegetables could help reduce other symptoms.
“These are typically low in calories, high in fibre, and rich in antioxidants and phytochemical,” said health website Everyday Health.
“That’s good news for those who are battling obesity, irritable bowel syndrome or autoimmune disorders – all common among fibromyalgia patients.
“Plus, natural foods lack additives that can aggravate symptoms.”
Everyday Health also recommended you should keep a diary to help track what you’ve eaten and when symptoms get worse.
Eating healthily may help reduce fibroymaglia symptoms.
Asparagus, which Dr Axe recommends, is a good source of vitamins, antioxidants and fibre, according to health website Healthline.
They claim it could also help you lose weight, improve digestion, have a healthy pregnancy and lower blood pressure.
Women are seven times more likely to develop fibromyalgia than men.
Almost one in 20 people have the condition, but it’s a difficult condition to diagnose, so it’s not known exactly how many people in the UK have it.
“If you have fibromyalgia, one of the main symptoms is likely to be widespread pain across your body,” said the NHS online.