Supplements That Help Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue is a debilitating frustrating ailment. If you suffer from chronic fatigue it can keep you from enjoying what you love most. You may miss out on family events, or you favorite hobbies and could affect your performance at work.

When your body has to work harder to achieve its goal of keeping you healthy then you will consequently feel added stress. This increase of stress may lead to that feeling of tiredness and fatigue. While it can be difficult to manage chronic fatigue because there is no cure, there are things you can do. Along with healthy eating and exercise you can also add supplements to your daily routine.

Keep in mind, figuring out what works for you may take time and trial and error. This could prove to be exasperating, but could be well worth while in the end if you feel better and get your life back. Below is a mix of herbal, vitamin/mineral and food examples (indicating the variety of pathways).

  • Probiotics The most common strains of probiotics are Lactobacilli and Bifidobacterium founds in fermented foods like, yogurt, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi and even sour dough bread.  Essentially, probiotics promotes gut health by reducing inflammation, displacing bad bacteria, improves gastric efficiency and relieves IBS, and reducing pain and stress related signals.

  • St. John's Wort This herb has been used for centuries as a treatment for depression and anxiety, two conditions that have been known to be related to chronic fatigue. St. John's Wort contains flavonoids and certain acids that help treat symptoms related to these disorders.

  • Magnesium Aside from its ability to sooth muscles and nerves, magnesium also plays an important role in hormone and energy production. Studies have shown that those who suffer from chronic fatigue tend to have a magnesium deficiency. Dark leafy greens, fish, nuts and seeds are all great sources of magnesium.

  • Chamomile Chamomile is rich in magnesium which helps relax muscles and nerves which, in turn, aids a more restful sleep. Chamomile is often consumed as a tea, but it's possible to find tablets and tinctures as well.

  • Vitamins B6 and B12  B vitamins are essential for energy production, protein metabolism, red blood cell formation, and maintaining the central nervous system. The best food sources for the Bs are beef, eggs, shellfish and dairy products.

Overall, supplements provide an added boost to the natural function of the body. And, this is just a starter list - there are many options to consider.

It's very important to note that everyone is different and what might be causing your fatigue is unique to you. The best way to get to the bottom of how to treat yourself is to be mindful of exactly what you are feeling and to speak with an expert about how to best move forward with treating and managing your symptoms.