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There is strong indication that some foods high in the B vitamins help to alleviate some fibromyalgia symptoms. For instance, folic acid, a B vitamin, seems to be a leader in mood management. In research performed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and the Baylor Research Institute in Dallas, studies conclude that people with low folic acid levels are more likely to have melancholia, a type of depression characterized by sadness and declines in mental and physical activity. The 8-week study of 213 patients also found that those with low levels of folic acid were significantly less likely to respond to treatment for depression with fluoxetine (Prozac), a common antidepressant medication used for fibromyalgia patients. Vitamin B-12 works closely with folic acid to make red blood cells and prevent anemia, memory loss, nerve damage, muscle weakness, and fatigue. (Source: The Fibromyalgia Handbook - A 7-Step Program to Halt and Even Reverse Fibromyalgia, by Harris H. McIlwain, M.D., and Debra Fulghum Bruce, M.S., published by Owl Books, 2003.)

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