Cancer-Fighting Compound Does Even More

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Cancer-Fighting Compound Does Even More Fibromyalgia patients often find it difficult to feel better. The symptoms of the condition are hard to track down and can affect different areas of the body. But the one symptom that seems universal is joint pain. Typically, a person with fibromyalgia has long-term, body-wide pain and tenderness in the joints, muscles, tendons, and other soft tissues. And this, in turn, can cause fatigue and depression.

Here is some good news for those with this troubling condition, courtesy of a team of researchers at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Fibromyalgia sufferers may find relief by taking three natural compounds: anthocyanidins, capsaicin, and S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe).

The Scottish research team discovered this treatment when they set out to critically evaluate the evidence regarding the various forms of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) used in the treatment of fibromyalgia.

After reviewing a number of clinical trials, the researchers found that anthocyanidins, capsaicin, and SAMe each showed statistically significant improvements in fibromyalgia patients compared with placebo. These improvements included a reduction in pain, better sleep, and less tenderness. The researchers also noted that these treatments were free of any major side effects.

So what are these three natural compounds and how do they manage to help treat fibromyalgia symptoms?

Anthocyanidins are potent antioxidants that are found in cranberries and many other brilliantly colored fruits and vegetables. They play a role in preventing blood clots, helping to protect against heart disease. They have also been shown to suppress cancer cell growth.

Capsaicin, which is the active component of chili peppers, is known for its pain-fighting capabilities. Capsaicin works by depleting or interfering with something called “substance P,” a chemical involved in transmitting pain impulses to the brain.

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And, last, but not least, SAMe is the name of a compound that is very important in the normal functioning of the body and the brain. Its main job is to boost the immune system by maintaining the health of cell membranes. It also has another important job to do, however. It breaks down important neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and melatonin. For this reason, SAMe is believed to play an important role in fighting depression, because it’s capable of increasing levels of serotonin, the “feel good hormone.”


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Dr. Victor Marchione, MD

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Victor Marchione, MD received his Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973 and his Medical Degree from the University of Messina in 1981. He has been licensed and practicing medicine in New York and New Jersey for over 20 years. Dr. Marchione is a respected leader in the field of smoking cessation and pulmonary medicine. He has been featured on ABC News and World Report, CBS Evening News and the NBC Today Show and is the editor of the popular The... Read Full Bio »