What does the medical research show on coconut oil and fibromyalgia?
Unfortunately, there is no known cure for fibromyalgia at this time. This debilitating disease can challenge the most ardent medical professional in their quest to alleviate and cure their patients' illness.
While advances are being made in the treatment for fibromyalgia, it's unfortunate that some medical professionals have difficulty diagnosing this medical condition.
The problem with diagnosing this health condition is there's no definitive diagnostic test to confirm the disease and some patients don't exhibit any physical abnormalities. In fact, some doctors don't even consider fibromyalgia a disease.
If you have fibromyalgia, you may experience a variety of symptoms:
pain and swelling in your joints and muscles
migraine headaches, poor memory and concentration
irritable bowel syndromes
difficulty getting to sleep
Patients with fibromyalgia may also experience Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. This can lead to further decreases in activity putting the patient in a downward spiral of increasingly weakened muscle tone and atrophy.
Due to the wide range of symptoms, patients are treated on an individual basis and may be prescribed pain killers, corticosteroids, antihistamines and even antidepressants. Unfortunately, some people may experience side effects from these medications, further aggravating their condition.
Is coconut oil a cure
Researching through internet forums, I found testimonials from a number of people who've used coconut oil for fibromyalgia symptoms.
The reported dosage was 3 - 4 tablespoons of virgin coconut oil per day with some individuals seeing improvements within a month.
The most common results were a reduction in pain and an increased energy levels.
While these anecdotal testimonials are encouraging, what are the mechanisms behind these reported effects that may support the use of using a natural oil to treat fibromyalgia?
Virgin coconut oil contains a special blend of natural substances that may help lessen your symptoms of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome:
- These fatty acid chains are chemically shorter than their longer-chained counterparts found in fatty meats and dairy products. The best thing about medium chain fatty acids is they follow a different metabolic pathway when you eat them.
- Rather than sit in your stomach and lie in wait to add more fat to your waistline, medium chain fatty acids are sent directly to your liver where they're rapidly digested to be used as a powerful source of energy.
- This ready-made energy source may be the reason for the increased energy levels seen in some people with fibromylagia.
- Lauric acid provides the building blocks for a powerful antimicrobial called monolaurin.
- Lab tests prove monolaurin can kill virus, bacteria, fungi and parasitic protozoas.
- Although reports are unsubstantiated, this substance may boost your immune system by fighting off pathogens. You can learn more about this incredible germ-fighter on my webpage Discovering the Antiviral Properties of Lauric Acid and Coconut Oil.
- People that used coconut oil for fibromyalgia took an average daily dose of 3 - 4 tablespoons per day.
- It's reported that some people noticed an immediate 'firing-up' of their metabolisms, increased energy and weight loss.
- Testimonials indicate that most users started feeling results within the first month of beginning treatment.
- However, these results are not scientifically verified; you may or may not experience similar results.
In the ground-breaking book, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and Lyme Disease (Alternative Medicine Guides), Dr. Lita Lee, Ph.D., of Lowell, Oregon believes coconut oil can be used to treat chronic fatigue patients.
"Medical research on the use of coconut oil for chronic fatigue patients shows it to have an antiviral effect," she reports. In addition, it is anti-allergenic and antiseptic, promotes thyroid function, regulates blood sugar, and protects mitochondria (the cells' "energy factories") against stress injuries. "Coconut oil has gotten a bad rap," Dr. Lee adds. "It is actually one of the healthiest saturated fats."
If you suffer from fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome, you may find the information in this book helpful in managing your condition. This guide uses coconut oil for fibromyalgia; along with other non-medicinal treatments.
Although there are no documented medical studies on coconut oil and fibromyalgia, there is a growing movement of people seeking natural alternative treatments to treat and ultimately reverse this disease.
One thing I like about owning a website is I get the opportunity to share brand new natural supplements with you.
I recently came across an amazing supplement called cetyl myristoleate. Cetyl myristoleate is actually a derivative of nutmeg and it's primary ingredient is myristic acid, a fatty acid also found in virgin coconut oil.
This substance was discovered by Dr. Harry Diehl, an award winning medical chemist. Dr. Diehl was responsible for creating over 500 new compounds and his research formed the breakthrough for developing the polio vaccine. You can read his amazing story right here.
To make a long story short, it appears that cetyl myristoleate reduces joint pain, lubricates joints and may actually help prevent the onset of arthritis.
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It's packaged and marketed under the trademark name CM8. The reason you may not have heard about CM8 is because it's a natural substance. This means it can't be granted a “product” patent, which means no drug company could claim exclusive rights to it and make billions of dollars from it.
The manufacturers of CM8 claim there are two clinical studies involving over 500 patients with various forms of arthritis. Results of these studies appears to indicate that CM8 can be used as a natural treatment for arthritis and joint pain.
The product is marketed as completely safe and 100% natural and is reported to not cause any negative side effects associated with many arthritis prescriptions drugs such as bleeding, ulcers or liver damage.
You can only get CM8 in a small number of nutritional supplements. One product that's very popular is FLEXCIN With CM8 for Joint Health & Mobility. This product is marketeted exclusively by Flexcin International, Inc.
Please remember to consult your health care provider or doctor before using any nutritional supplement or natural product.