Fibromyalgia is a condition characterized by chronic pain in muscles, tendons and other soft tissues. The pain ranges from mild to severe and can be experienced as shooting, radiating, burning, etc. Fibromyalgia is associated with specific tender points, including but not limited to the neck, chest, lower back, rib cage and joints, particularly elbows and knees.
The intensity of the pain may vary throughout the day, be at its worst during morning and evening hours, or it may be steady and unrelenting. Cold or damp weather may exacerbate it, as may anxiety, stress and physical activity. Other problems often occurring with fibromyalgia include fatigue, stiffness in joints, sleep dysfunction and numbness in the hands and feet.
Fibromyalgia may develop independently, or it may be secondary to other musculoskeletal conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. Its cause is currently unknown, but its frequent association with these autoimmune diseases suggests that strengthening the immune system may help relieve the pain and related symptoms. One of the best nutritional supplements for boosting the immune system is Natur-Leaf®, a nutritional supplement that contains about 40 mg of plant sterols and sterolins per capsule.
Sterols, or plant fats, are found in most plants, but are bound to plant fibers, making them not bioavailable through an ordinary diet. Natur-Leaf® obtains these sterols via a proprietary freeze-drying process. When taken as a daily supplement, Natur-Leaf® provides "building block" nutrients to the immune system, which purport to strengthen and regulate its functions with no negative side effects.