"I had battled Crohn's disease for 8 years as well as Fibromyalgia and high blood pressure....when I was introduced to the MGS supplement...", says M.B.
She went on to say..."I had been to half a dozen specialists, taken more medications than I can count and participated in numerous drug studies looking for something to put me into remission or at the least stabilize my symptoms. I had undergone a small bowel resection as well as other surgeries for my Crohn's and nothing helped. My fibromyalgia on top of it was so painful I could hardly walk at times. I felt as if I'd gone from 31 years old to 80. I couldn't participate in family activities, functions and could barely get through a simple work day.
Two days after I started the muscadine grape seed (which I had started reluctantly since I'd already tried every natural and prescription remedy with no luck) I woke up and felt incredibly good. At first I assumed it was some kind of fluke and I actually had a good day after over a year of suffering with these painful symptoms. After a week of waking up completely rested, absolutely no pain from the Fibromyalgia and no more stomach pain from my Crohn's, I was convinced it had to be from these supplements.
I have never experienced anything like this from anything I've tried...no more swelling in my feet, legs and hands. My moods in general were noticeably improved. What amazed me the most was the fact that I was actually able to stop several of my medications, my anti-anxiety, anti-depressant, diuretic, prescription sleep aid...I've been so alert, and well rested every morning and tired and ready for bed by 10pm (with no sleep aids, or caffeine!!). I am actually saving over $70 a month on prescriptions alone that I no longer need!"
And here is another story.... "I have been in so much pain and flu-like symptoms with Fibro, for over 20 years and tried so many things, so many pain meds and nothing helped. All they do is become addicting. Long story short after taking a mega dose of the muscadine grape seeds for about 8 weeks I am so thankful and so blessed that someone shared the muscadines with me. I now have almost no pain and can do anything I feel like! My husband is taking them as well and he is now off his blood pressure meds and even tho we are 'up there in age' we are feeling younger every day"
It is stories like these that prompted some of my research on fibro - plus the fact that I have ALSO gotten relief from muscles aches and pains, by adding the muscadines to my diet.
Fibromyalgia is becoming more and more common in the last twenty years, and that is very likely due to the same reason other diseases are on the rise, including things and names we have never HEARD of before and can't even pronounce half the time! That reason is believed to be the fact that we are exposed to more chemicals and toxins (or more commonly known as free radicals) than ever before in history.
In fact, there is no place to go anymore that you can get completely AWAY from all the harmful stuff that affects us.... which is why EVERYONE needs to be taking SOME form of anti-oxidants on a daily basis.... (anti-oxidants neutralize free radicals) Reference: http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/food-nutrition/facts/antioxidant2.htm
Having had symptoms of what I now think may have been the beginning stages of fibro myself a few years ago, it has caused me to start some research on it... and here is the first article on some of my findings thus far.
Fibromyalgia Has Actually Been Labeled as a Syndrome
It doesn't mean that an illness is less severe or less REAL. It simply means it is less understood, and at the time of this writing, there is no known drug that will help fibro for any length of time..and so many drugs that ARE administered for fibromyalgia patients have other side effects and so the vicious cycle continues as we seek for relief.
Fibromyalgia is VERY real to anyone that is dealing with it!
But Why Do Mostly Women Get Fibromyalgia?
To me, it is a very interesting fact is that fibro mostly affects women.... and that women are more susceptible to overactive immune issues as well, which was interesting to note. According to research articles 90% of folks suffering from fibro are female.
So that led me to study hormones in men and women to see if that would leave any clues...and I did find a few things.
"Hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone, profoundly affect the central nervous system, which is responsible for perceiving and transmitting the sensation of pain," says pain-management specialist Mark Peckman, DO.
Many cases of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome are believed to be caused by viral infections which somehow leaves the immune system in an overactive state, similar to what everyone experiences when their body is fighting a virus. The difference with both of these diseases, however, is that the body never stops fighting, which would explain the constant flu like symptoms of feeling achy, fatigued and like a truck just ran over you.
"Once the immune system becomes highly activated, it can produce inflammatory chemicals that fuel many types of muscle and joint pain," Peckman says. Then, the inflammation can affect nerves where they're most vulnerable. Ref: http://chronicfatigue.about.com/od/latestresearch/a/women_pain.htm
Research suggests that testosterone, the male hormone, plays a role in preventing muscle fatigue. Women have less testosterone, which could explain why they tend to have more muscle fatigue....
So Why Does Change of Diet Work For Some People?
For some ladies that suffer from fibromyalgia, changing their diet has helped. Eliminating sugars and starches from their diet, or gluten free diets have seemed to help lessen the discomforts and increase the energy levels.
I find that interesting as research has shown that eliminating most of those foods from our diet will help to reset the metabolism, and create a healthier foundation for our bodies, plus the fact that sugars and starches like wheat and corn can actually CAUSE inflammation.
“This disease ( fibro) is often chronic and becomes very frustrating to affected individuals. Taking measures to supply the body with proper nutrition and enhancing the body's communication through both hormonal and neurotransmitter balance will result in optimal outcomes in the management of fibromyalgia.” -says Dr. Jennifer Landa Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD ref: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/06/11/what-need-to-know-about-fibromyalgia/
Note: According to Dr. Charles Saunders... there is no fruit, berry or superfood on the market today that compares with the muscadine grape SEEDS when we need something for Detoxification, Inflammation and OXIDATION in our bodies, and that by taking it as a supplement it will improve the health of every cell in our bodies.
Here is what Majid Ali, MD says
“FIBRO CANNOT BE REVERSED WITH DRUGS ... If you are suffering from fibromyalgia , please know that it cannot be reversed with any drugs. You will learn that sooner or later. No drug at present is known to cure fibromyalgia. It seems highly unlikely that such a drug will be synthesized in the foreseeable future. “
He states that:
- Fibromyalgia is Real.
- Fibromyalgia is Reversible ( which I find intriguing as most Drs will tell you the opposite!)
- Fibromyalgia is caused by lack of oxygen on a cellular level
- Fibromyalgia cannot be Reversed with drugs.
Dr Ali also says that oxygen depravation causes muscle pain, joint stiffness, fatigue, exhaustion, lack of sex drive in men and menstrual cramping in women.... and then if the deprivation is in our immune cells, it will cause immune weaknesses which will manifest in sore throat, swollen neck glands and painful tissues. When there is oxygen depravation in the blood vessels etc, there will be dizziness, heart palpitations and skipped beats... which are a lot of the symptoms that fibro sufferers gave.
Which reminds me of what one MD said that now recommends the muscadine grape seed capsules to all his fibro patients. He said in all his years of trying to help hundreds of fibro patients, he has discovered that no matter what drug he prescribes for them, it will eventually not help with the symptoms anymore, and the ones that are taking the MGS have had more relief than any of the drugs he ever prescribed to any of them and now I am beginning to wonder if it's because of the oxygenation properties in the muscadines – but that is another study and article! :)
Which tends to strengthen the belief that if you can take an anti-oxidant on a daily basis, it will neutralize SO MANY free radicals that are otherwise causing havoc on our bodies. Read more about free radicals and the superman powers of anti-oxidants here
The muscadine grape seeds are just ONE form of anti-oxidants and because it is one of the few sources of anti-oxidants that can break into the blood brain barrier, it will supply oxygen to both the brain AND to every cell in the body, making this a very desirable form of affordable oanti-oxidants for daily use. In fact, Independent laboratory tests show These Premium Muscadine Seed supplement has the highest antioxidant rating of any fruit tested.
I have found relief with using the MGS - I have been taking it for over a year now and as long as I take about 3 a day I don't feel any of the pain and I have energy. It's worth it to me as the grapes have so many other benefits as well! I think BarleyGreen and those kinds of supplements probably help too, but I just can't quite deal with the after taste of that stuff! :)