Before reading this post, you will want to make sure you read Part 1: Common Fibromyalgia Nutrient Deficiencies & Treatments in its entirety with great information provided by Dr. Mark Pellegrino.
On Friday, I discussed Dr. Pellegrino’s list of nutrient deficiencies he commonly sees in Fibromyalgia patients:
- Serotonin Deficiency
- Magnesium Deficiency
- Low Amine ATP (Low Energy Deficiency)
In Part 2, nutritional deficiencies covered will be:
- Vitamin B-12 Deficiency
- Low Growth Hormone
- Adrenal Hormone Deficiency
Vitamin B-12 Deficiency – Dr. Pellegrino has found that many Fibromyalgia patients have a low Vitamin B-12 level. According to Dr. P:
Vitamin B-12 is important in manufacturing red blood cells (erythropoiesis), improving nerve pathways, improving DNA synthesis, and folate metabolism.
Symptoms of Vitamin B-12 Deficiency can include:
- Increased fatigue
- Tingling and numbness
- Depressed immune system
Supplements for B-12 Deficiency – B-12 lozenges, sublingual B-12, or B-12 injections.
Low Growth Hormone Level- Symptoms of low growth hormone levels include fatigue, increased cognitive dysfunction, depressed immune system, decreased metabolism.
Supplements for Low Growth Hormone Level – Colostrum, daily growth hormone injections (these are very expensive – approx. $1,500 per month!).
Adrenal Hormone Deficiency – The adrenal glands can become dysfunctional in fibromyalgia and cause problems with the immune system and ability to handle stress.
Supplements that Boost the Immune System – Colostrums, Zinc, Echinacea, Vitamin C, Garlic, Golden Seal, and Cinnamon. Antioxidants are also helpful and these include Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Grapeseed Extract, Lipoic Acid. Other supplemental treatments used by Dr. Pellegrino are licorice root and Siberian ginseng.