Data Doesn’t Support Vitamin/Mineral Deficiency Link, Study Says

Data Doesn’t Support Vitamin/Mineral Deficiency Link, Study Says
Data pooled from 27 studies of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) patients showed no evidence for a link to these diseases, a recent study reports. The article “Vitamin and mineral status in chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia syndrome: A systematic review and meta-analysis,” was recently published in the journal Plos One. The causes of CFS and fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) are not known. CFS is characterized by profound disabling fatigue, while FMS is characterized by chronic widespread pain. Chronic pain and fatigue are common in both patient groups, and can occur simultaneously. Up to 80% of CFS patients have a history of FMS. Because many CFS and FMS patients (35-68%) use nutritional supplements, at times with negative impacts on their health, the team set out to find whether deficiencies in vitamins and minerals contribute to symptoms in these patients by pooling the data from several studies. The researchers also investigated the effect of supplements on clinical parameters, such as intensity of pain, somatization (expressing psychological symptoms and seeking medical help for them), depression and anxiety, physical and mental health, and symptom severity in FMS, and fatigue or depression in CFS, in five randomized control trials. Average blood levels of vitamins C, D, and E and the minerals calcium and magnesium, were not found to differ in patients with CFS or FMS from healthy controls. Vitamin D deficiency was in general not observed. The authors note that few studies of the effect of vitamin and mineral supplements in CFS and FMS have actually
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