This article will address what Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is and also any natural remedies that may exist.
Chronic fatigue syndrome is a horrible debilitating condition that is often bad enough to leave you with no desire to live and certainly with symptoms where the patient suffers from extreme exhaustion. Other chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms include muscle pains, tenderness and swelling in the joints, recurring sore throat, impaired concentration and short term memory, severe headaches and un-refreshing sleep. Worst of all, the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome or CFS is not yet known. This makes chronic fatigue syndrome very difficult to manage, as there are no known cures for it yet. Twice as many women as men are diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome. It may last a month, a couple of years, or many years. Sometimes symptoms may come and go.
Some patients are able to relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome by using prescription drugs as well as some over the counter medications. However, these medications have varying degrees of success. Sometimes, they have little positive effect at all. Still, there are several holistic and alternative treatments that provide chronic fatigue syndrome patients with options to combat this debilitating disorder.
Since symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome are so similar to flu like infections, doctors and specialists recommend treatments that strengthen the immune system. Receiving proper nutrition is well recognized as an excellent way to boost the immune system, improve the body’s functions and increase the patient’s energy levels.
Diets containing the following nutrients may help naturally reduce symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome and help boost the immune system and can be chronic fatigue syndrome’s natural remedy:
Magnesium-(300 – 1,000 mg per day) may help reduce fatigue. Magnesium deficiency interferes with the Krebs cycle, which is responsible for transforming nutrients to energy. So ensuring the proper supply of magnesium in the body is a good way to combat the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Magnesium is also prescribed by doctors to patients taking a lot of calcium to prevent or stabilize osteoporosis.
Beta-carotene-(50,000 IU per day) to strengthen immune function.
Vitamin C-(250 – 500 mg 2 times per day) to increase endurance and immune function. Many alternative health care providers recommend higher doses. Talk to your health care provider to determine the proper dose for you.
B-complex-(50 – 100 mg per) with additional B6 (100 mg per day) and B5 (100 – 250 mg per day) to reduce the effects of stress.
L-carnitine-(500 – 1,000mg 3 times per day for 8 weeks) to support energy production in the cells.
Vitamin D-(600 – 1,000 IU daily) since vitamin D deficiency can exacerbate symptoms that are already present in people who have CFS.
B Vitamins-Vitamin B-12 is one of the most important vitamins. It helps in the production of red blood cells as well as DNA and the myelin sheath that surround nerve cells. Receiving the proper amounts of Vitamin B-12 helps in maintaining the body’s energy level as well as keeping the central nervous, gastrointestinal, immune and cardiovascular systems healthy.
People with vitamin B-12 deficiency suffer from reduced energy levels, impaired memory and concentration, as well as several gastrointestinal problems. These are also symptoms that appear during an attack of chronic fatigue syndrome. The B Vitamins folic acid and pantothenic acid are known to help treat fatigue. Increasing the intake of these vitamins can have beneficial effects for chronic fatigue syndrome patients.
Omega-3 Fatty Acids-These fatty acids are very essential to health. Unfortunately, the human body does not produce it naturally. Taking Omega-3 Fatty Acids can help reduce blood pressure, decrease triglyceride levels, reduce the occurrence of arrhythmias, and stem the growth of plaque in the walls of the arteries. Again, the symptoms of Omega-3 deficiency are closely related to symptoms of CFS: fatigue, poor memory, depression, heart problems and poor circulation.
Sodium-This mineral is necessary to keep the body’s fluid balances. People suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome may actually have very low levels of sodium in their bodies. Having the right amount of sodium can have beneficial effects for patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. However, patients must consult their doctors first to have their sodium levels tested, as there are some situations where sodium levels are intentionally reduced.
Other symptoms of low blood sodium (hyponatremia) include extreme debilitating fatigue, aching skeletal muscles, abnormally high blood pH, chronic low blood pressure, orthostatic tachycardia, cardiac arrhythmias and profuse sweating upon minimal exertion. Mild to moderate hyponatremia can often be corrected by simply increasing dietary sodium. More severe cases may require a restriction of water, and/or the administration of corticosteroids to support adrenal function.
Other Minerals-There are several minerals that are beneficial as well, such as Chromium which helps patients manage their blood sugar. Magnesium and potassium aspartates are known to help decrease fatigue in various clinical studies.
Obviously, chronic fatigue syndrome is a horrible condition that people have to deal with and with more natural remedies available for people trying to battle this disease, there are decisions that one has to make in their possible treatments.