All Posts tagged Chronic Fatigue

Adrenal gland & vitamin C

 Many alternative health experts consider vitamin C to be the most important nutrient for adrenal fatigue recovery. Healthy adrenal function requires vitamin C, and some of the highest concentrations of vitamin C in the whole body are found in the adrenal glands.

Adrenal gland symptoms: fatigue, depression, inability to cope with stress, or emotional instability. 

Tissues throughout the body use more vitamin C during times of stress. Vitamin C is not manufactured by the human body, so our supply of vitamin C is entirely dependent on diet and supplements.

Vitamin C is found naturally in foods like leafy greens, tomatoes, citrus fruits, sprouts and acerola berries. However, most people do not get enough vitamin C for adrenal support in their diet.

Tips for Taking Vitamin C for Adrenal Fatigue – Bioflavonoids are a crucial component of the vitamin C complex. They enhance the absorption of vitamin C and improve its utilization throughout the body. Ascorbic acid (vitamin C) should be taken with bioflavonoids at a ratio of 2:1. For example, if you are taking 2,000 mg of ascorbic acid you will need 1,000 mg of bioflavonoids. – The typical dosage of vitamin C for adrenal fatigue is between 2,000 and 4,000 mg per day, though it varies between individuals. Vitamin C is water soluble and is excreted quickly from the body, so it`s better to take smaller doses throughout the day rather than one large dose. – Vitamin C dosage should generally be altered by only 500 mg at a time. This means that if you`d like to decrease your dosage, do so by taking 500 mg less every few days until you`ve reached the desired dose. This eliminates any side effects that may arise from increasing or decreasing vitamin C intake too quickly.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & Fibromyalgia

Question: Do you have vitamin suggestions for chronic fatigue syndrome or fibromyalgia?  I was taking doxycycline but my MD doesn’t want me to take any medications for it. 

Answer: The book, “From Fatigue to Fantastic” by Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum, specifically addresses fibromyalgia and multiple related issues. Levels of brain neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin or norepinephrine are often at lower than normal levels. These are important brain chemicals that help modulate your experience of pain and help to deepen sleep and improve just the quality of your mood and energy. You can improve your neurotransmitter balance with amino acids like 5-Hydroxy Tryptophan and L- Theanine, EPA-DHA, Tyrosine, vitamin B6Lumina is a supplement by Metagenics that modulates metabolism of dopamine, GABA & norepinephrine; Symphora is a supplement by Metagenics that promotes a positive mood and mental well-being by beneficially modulating cerebral metabolism of cortisol.,

Hormonal issues are very important. Not enough DHEA, or testosterone in both men and women, and in women the levels of progesterone and estrogen affect this. Levels of magnesium are very important but it’s hard to get magnesium glycinate by taking it in oral form. Sometimes alternative MD’s use an intravenous treatment called a Myers’ cocktail in fibromyalgia patients to  significantly boost magnesium and help reduce muscle tightness and muscle aching that may happen when the muscles get tired and need help to  properly relax.

Other supplements that I recommend are Fibroplex Plus by Metagenics. this product really helps muscle tenderness, energy metabolism and neuromuscular function. Other helpful supplements  are COQ10 and carnitine. Helping people sleep better is important. So reestablishing sleep with either supplements like kava, melatonin, or valerian root is useful. This helps bring about a healing process in fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue.,
Some patients inexplicably have low levels of B12, and  they may respond to oral B12 or  B12 shots. Always check for low levels of  vitamin D. Vitamin D is a  very important part of the pain picture in fibromyalgia because when you have low levels of vitamin D, your bones demineralize and they actually may ache.
People say, “I’ve got that deep achy feeling in my bones.” That may really be what’s happening — the bones are aching due to demineralization with inadequate levels of vitamin D. So using vitamin D as a pain medication can be helpful if we find the vitamin D levels low. You can see that there is a whole checklist of issues that can make a difference for FMS & chronic fatigue.

The warm laser has been one of the best treatments I have seen for fibromyalgia. The deep heat really seems to help aching joints and muscles. please read my posts on the warm laser.

Do some research on your own and you may seek guidance from a nutritionally-oriented chiropractor or health care practitioner who can guide you through a protocol of proper support for this condition.,