Got Chronic Fatigue Syndrome? You’re not alone. Once a disease that was considered to be “all in your head”, it is now recognized as a real disorder that affects an estimated 1 million Americans. The majority of them are women. Chronic Fatigue can be a serious condition since it can interfere with everyday activities and may also include symptoms of depression, insomnia and brain fog.
Have no fear though. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be treated with proper nutrition and supplementation. Nutritional treatments should focus on enhancing cells’ mitochondria. One possible way to do this is to eat a high-protein diet low in sugar and gluten-containing grains. Getting regular exercise, even though it seems hard to do when you’re chronically fatigued, can help increase energy levels as well.
Additionally, here are 6 supplements that can help increase energy:
B-complex vitamins are especially important for energy production because they help with the Krebs cycle, which helps convert food to energy. Make sure you’re getting adequate amounts of B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B5 (pantothenic acid), B12 and folate. Taking a quality multivitamin with at least 50mg of each of these B-complex vitamins is a good idea.
Research has shown that those who suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome have low levels of Coenzyme Q-10. Supplementing with this nutrient can increase energy levels. Try supplementing with at least 200mg and make sure you’re taking it with some type of fat for better absorption.
Carnitine helps transport fats deep into cells so they can be burned for energy. It is especially helpful to take carnitine with coenzyme Q-10, which has been shown to improve mental and physical fatigue in older individuals. The best form of carnitine is acetyl L-carnitine, which should be consumed in a 1,000mg dose once a day.
Vitamin C (along with the B vitamins) helps you produce your own carnitine. An early symptom of low vitamin C levels is fatigue. Try getting at least 1,000-5,000mg divided doses of vitamin C daily. The dosage depends on how much vitamin C you’re getting from your food.
Alpha-lipoic acid has been shown to reduce fatigue levels in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It plays a key role in cells’ energy-generating mitochondria, which enhances energy production. Get at least 200-300mg of alpha-lipoic acid daily
Ribose helps form DNA and RNA and also makes the body produce energy. Supplementing with it has shown to increase energy in those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by as much as 60%. Take 2,000-4,000mg daily.
Find specific supplement recommendations for these 6 energy-increasing supplements here.