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Monday
Oct052009

Fighting Fatigue?

Persistent mild fatigue or a chronic lack of energy due to day-to-day stressors or hectic schedules can affect your productivity. You can help address fatigue or lack of energy by keeping your blood sugar levels stable, getting enough rest and exercise, and considering these supplements and herbs:

  1. Magnesium and calcium. Oral magnesium supplementation has been shown to help reduce symptoms of fatigue, especially for those with low magnesium levels.
  2. Coenzyme Q10. This vital nutrient is involved in cellular energy production throughout the body.
  3. Cordyceps. A traditional Chinese medicinal fungus that may help fight fatigue and boost energy levels. It is used as an energizing tonic and to help increase aerobic capacity and endurance.
  4. D-Ribose. A five-carbon sugar used in the generation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate), it helps maintain energy production in cells and can be especially beneficial for those with chronic fatigue.
  5. Ginseng (American or Asian). Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) are used for stimulant and adaptogenic (stress-protective) properties, respectively.
  6. Eleuthero (Eleutherococcus senticosus). A woody shrub from northeastern Asia with properties similar to those of ginseng, it has a long history of use to maximize athletic performance. Studies show that eleuthero can help enhance mental activity as well. 
  7. Arctic root (Rhodiola rosea). An adaptogenic herb that helps prevent fatigue, stress and the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation.
  8. Vitamin B complex. B-vitamins act as cofactors in many metabolic reactions and assist in the metabolism of carbohydrates into energy.

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Reader Comments (6)

I have been reading a very interesting book by Dr. Stephen Wangen, the gluten-free doctor, Healthier Without Wheat and I have found the book to be rather fascinating. I wrote recently on Fighting Fatigue about how Celiac Disease can be misdiagnosed as ME/CFS but I never realized that Celiac Disease is only one type of gluten intolerance. You don’t have to have Celiac Disease to have an intolerance to gluten-containing products.

While reading this book I have discovered that many of the symptoms that we suffer from with ME/CFS are also common symptoms that people who have a gluten intolerance suffer from. I think this post is very useful .

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterbrustkrebs

Thank you.

October 7, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermoderator44@drweil.com

Would like to know if Dr. Weill himself routinely uses these supplements and herbs and can vouch for their efficacy. Also, some are darn obscure. Can he recommend a source?

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMuhair

Dr. Weil does use supplements. Here is a tour of his Vitamin Cabinet
http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART02710/natural-vitamin-supplements
And do you have a Health Food Store or Whole Foods near you?
Or online some of these items can be purchased at New Chapter (a company Dr. Weil often suggests.)

October 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermoderator44@drweil.com

Your information has been very helpful and useful. I love getting your daily tips.

Thank you.

October 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGillian Legere

Thank you Gillian!

October 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermoderator44@drweil.com

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