Supplementation with CFS vitamins and minerals is likely to be helpful.
if you follow a sensible CFS diet, you may not absorb sufficient
nutrients. Due to intensive farming methods, the soil and therefore the
food no longer contain the nutrients they once did.
In addition, someone with CFS or ME or other chronic illness may have physical problems with absorbing the nutrients in the food they eat.
Your diet is your main way to receive the appropriate vitamins and minerals to help your alternative healing from CFS. Make a priority of having a good diet before you spend money on natural healing supplements.
If you are going to take natural healing supplements, please also consider consulting a nutritional health practitioner. The range of vitamins and minerals available can be overwhelming. In addition, successful absorption of nutrients by the body can depend on combining certain supplements together.
Since writing this article and calling it "CFS Vitamins" I have started taking plant-based minerals with great success, so I recommend them highly.
Please click through to read more about the plant-based minerals I take.
CFS vitamins I took for many years were Vitamin B complex along with sometimes taking Vitamin C.
The main mineral for CFS I took when bedbound (and prior) was magnesium.
I now take a natural healing supplement which provides up to 75 plant-based minerals including magnesium.
Two weeks in, I saw a health improvement. Since then my health has continued on a bumpy trajectory - various ongoing stresses. Nonetheless, this has continued to be my main mineral supplement for 7 years at the time of writing.
I can’t just issue a blanket recommendation for taking vitamin B. We are all different.
The functional medicine community is learning all the time.
Apparently, If you relate to having a susceptibility to trauma, or know you are under-methalater, taking vitamin B may be the wrong thing for you.
It can decrease the activity of serotonin in your brain.
Please see the following video by Dr Aime Apigian, who is far more qualified to talk on the subject than I am.
If you are interested in taking B vitamins for CFS/ME- they are important for many of us -please read on below.
Vitamin B is sensitive to heat, so capsules are better than tablets.
Tablets are also more likely to pass through the gut undigested.
Vitamin B12 injections
may be available from your Doctor. I had them for several years. A
nurse would come to the house. Later they provided the needles and
the vitamin B12 and I self injected.
I was severely ill at the time. B12 injections were no miracle cure for me but I do think they helped. I also appreciated the monthly visit from a nurse. I really found it quite hard to inject myself though!
I have read of people with ME for whom these injections have really helped to relieve brain fog.
Vitamin B12 is found in the following animal food sources
Vitamin B is water soluble and therefore easily lost during food preparation.
B12 deficiency can result in the following
As per the recommendation of Dr Myhill, I take Vitamin C in powder form.
Peak supplements is the most affordable good quality provider I have found in the UK.
If you follow the link you buy from their website and not from Amazon which means they get more of the profit.
They also sell Magnesium in powder form. And I buy my Tryptophan (an amino acid) and Ashwaganda from them too.
(This is my referral link for Peak Supplements.)
According to Dr Myhill, vitamin C can help with sleep, so it can be beneficial to take it later in the day. However, as I take it in the form of powder, I take it with liquid, so I choose to take lunchtime.
NB. Please note that large quantities of unbuffered Vitamin C can cause ulcers.
I am back to add a note about Vitamin D.
Vitamin D is produced by our bodies when we are outside in natural sunlight.
Many with ME / CFS are bedbound or housebound and not getting out much. So it is worth considering a Vitamin D supplement.
Dr Christianson is someone whose knowledge I have come to rate highly since doing his diet for healing the liver.
According to Dr Christianson:
Natural healing supplements are not my expertise, so please do your research.
You can read Dr C's views on Vitamin D here.
The following brands are mentioned only because I have used them. It
doesn't mean they are necessarily the best. Please do your own research.
Many vitamins and minerals have low absorption rates and may not be absorbed at all, so it's important to go with a make you trust. On the other hand, finances may be low and you may prefer to try a cheaper brand.
When considering the information above, please note that I am not a nutritional health practitioner.
Guidelines are strict (too strict in my opinion) about restricting information which states definite benefits gained from nutritional health supplements.
Please know you will be unique in your nutritional requirements.
Please consult your medical practitioner and use your own wise judgment.
Sources of information on this page include the following:
* Action for ME Vitamin and Mineral Factsheet
* The book Vitamins and Minerals, published by Geddes & Grosset Ltd
Click through for details of the protein drink I take as a breakfast shake each morning.
However far you decide to take your investment in ME / CFS vitamins and minerals or those to heal any other chronic illness, I wish you a better day tomorrow than today.