Nutritional deficiencies contribute to chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, and make it more difficult to recover. While supplements don’t replace the need for treatment by a physician, they can bring significant relief.
Supplements to support hormone production, the immune system, and overall function include:
• Multivitamin. Look for a product with a variety of nutrients, including 200 mcg of vitamin B12, a combination of antioxidants, and 200 to 1,000 mg of vitamin C. If necessary, take extra vitamin C to get 500 to 1,000 mg daily.
• Fish oil. 3 grams daily.
• Vitamin D. 5,000 IU daily.
• Herbs. Rhodiola and ashwagandha are often found in herbal adrenal support formulas and also improve thyroid function. Milk thistle helps the liver eliminate toxins and enhances the body’s internal antioxidant production. To improve the function of mitochondria, the energy-generating components of all cells:
• CoQ10. Take the ubiquinol form, because it is the most absorbable, 100 to 200 mg, two or three times daily.
• Magnesium. Take the magnesium gluconate form, 800 mg, twice daily.
• Carnitine. Take acetyl-l-carnitine, 500 mg, one to two times daily.
• D-ribose. Mix a powdered form in water or juice, or sprinkle on food. Take 5 grams, twice daily, with your morning and evening meal. For extra energy, take another 5 grams with lunch.
• Antioxidants. Look for a formula with approximately 200 mg of N-Acetylcysteine (NAC), and a variety of other antioxidants such as alpha lipoic acid, green tea extract, quercetin, and grape seed extract. NAC enhances natural production of glutathione, the body’s internal antioxidant, and alpha lipoic acid recycles other antioxidants.
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