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 was magnesium.
Now I take a healing supplement which provides up to 75 plant-based minerals including magnesium. I have had a huge rise in health as a result, so I have stopped taking minerals in any other form.
NB. Please note that large quantities of unbuffered Vitamin C can cause ulcers.
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
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:
Vitamin D is not a vitamin, it is a
A deficiency of it is a challenge to your immune system.
An excess is just as dangerous.
The best evidence suggests that 38-55 ng/mL may be ideal.
Most get to this level with roughly 2000 iu of D3 daily.
The mineral magnesium is without doubt the most important natural healing supplement for me to take.
have consistently shown that my intracellular levels of magnesium are
During the years when I was more ill, I experienced the following benefits from taking magnesium:
There are many benefits of taking magnesium, but the following information makes magnesium a particularly relevant mineral for CFS sufferers.
I recommend that a CFS diet includes sources of magnesium.
If you test low for magnesium, consider taking a magnesium supplement.
In the UK, the NHS usually only measures serum magnesium. This is not a useful test as the levels of serum magnesium will test normal.
"Serum levels are maintained at the expense of intracellular levels. If serum levels change this causes heart irregularities and so the body maintains serum levels at all cost. It will drain magnesium from inside cells and indeed from bone in order to achieve this." (Quote from Dr Sarah Myhill)
To measure your levels of magnesium you need a blood test for intracellular magnesium.
You will probably need to pay privately to have this test.
However, in the UK, your doctor may be willing to pay for the blood to be collected and even sent to the clinic as long as you pay for the actual test.
It is not known if magnesium deficiency is a symptom or related to the cause of CFS/ME.
Click through for Biolab, the private clinic I visited to do blood tests in London, UK.
There are 100 or so tests available, many useful to determine CFS vitamins and mineral deficiencies.
Even if you live elsewhere, it might help you to be aware of the tests for CFS vitamins that are available.
You can then search online to find a clinic near you.
Many more options are now available for testing than when I was diagnosed with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - I was diagnosed before the internet took off!
I know some who have had testing via Dr Sarah Myhill's website.
Click through to read more about tests for vitamin deficiencies as well as other testing relevant to those diagnosed with CFS or ME.
I need to look into this and report back to you.
I can tell you that I know of people who have received no benefit from taking one form of magnesium and great benefit from taking another.
One friend only gets benefit when she uses a magnesium spray!
For myself I take a plant based mineral supplement each day which includes magnesium. Usually, I also take a magnesium supplement.
Cost is a definite issue for me. If it wasn't, I would probably experiment more to find the optimum way for me to absorb magnesium.
Research into magnesium deficiency by Dr David
Dowson was published in The Lancet March 1991.
This showed that 80% of ME sufferers benefited significantly from injections of magnesium sulphate.
As a result, Magnesium injections may be available on the NHS in the UK.
I believe there have been subsequent trials where the results for the benefits were not so conclusive.
I had two magnesium injections when severely ill. There was no dramatic improvement in my general health, but my sleep improved which I believe to have been a consequence.
(At the time, with limited care, my life was so demanding that it was difficult to monitor results of any treatment for CFS.)
Dr Sarah Myhill finds that magnesium injections frequently lead to reduced symptoms in her patients.
In 2004, a study at the School of Biosciences, University of Birmingham, UK, showed that bathing in Epsom Bath Salts could effectively increase sulfate and magnesium levels in the body.
This makes taking baths in epsom bath salts a possible way to take minerals for CFS.
I tried a 1-Kg bag of Epsom bath salts from an Amazon store to try out the above advice.
For a 15 gallon bath you will require 600 grams.
I love my baths so it seemed a great way of absorbing this important mineral.
600g is a larger amount than I realised and you will want to buy enough for a number of baths.
If you have muscle fatigue as a symptom, you would need to have the salts delivered. Your parcel will probably be too heavy for many people with CFS/ME to carry for themselves.
I didn't notice any improvement in symptoms or reduction in pain. But I do find the baths very soothing, so I have continued using epsom bath salts and if they are a way to take minerals for CFS, so much the better!
One way of taking magnesium and making sure to combine it with other important minerals is to take a multi mineral. I recommend these plant based minerals which I take every day. (This is my affiliate link).
Foods that contain magnesium are listed below.
Perhaps this explains my love of spinach and avocados. I must remember to eat more of them!
Dark chocolate, I seem to remember to eat :-)
Tip: Many people with CFS/ME have problems with digestion. If you have trouble digesting almonds, you can soak them overnight in water.
I have a protein shake for breakfast each morning. One of the recipes is a delicious Cinnamon and Almond shake.
I make it the night before. I have just realised I am accidentally following the advice for soaking nuts!
Magnesium is needed for vitamin B1 metabolism, so if you take a magnesium supplement it may also correct vitamin B1 deficiency.
Dr Sarah Myhill gives advice on how much magnesium to take - the safe daily dose. She writes.
"The recommended daily allowance is 300mgs for men, 350mgs for women.
Magnesium is extremely safe by mouth – too much simply causes diarrhoea.
Try increasing the amount of magnesium you take by mouth until it causes diarrhoea,
then reduce the dose slightly so it does not."
Click through to read more about magnesium for CFS/ME on Dr Sarah Myhill's excellent website.
The signs or symptoms of magnesium deficiency are as follows:
I keep protein powder in the house to make my own protein drink or shake from a recipe.
I wish I'd known about protein drinks when I was
living with very severe CFS.
I tried other protein drinks - the kind recommended for bodybuilders - and
they didn't suit me at all.
This one is simple and suits me very well.
Click through for details of the protein drink I take as a breakfast shake each morning.
When the body absorbs minerals, it becomes better able to absorb
vitamins from the diet.
Nowadays, I don't take vitamins for CFS but only minerals.
Click through to read about the plant derived minerals I take and love!
In the past I've used Neways products - Maximol and Revenol.
I used them at a time when I was severely ill, on the recommendation of someone with the illness ME who had seen a huge improvement. I stopped for financial reasons. I am happy with the plant based minerals I take, and it is only affordable for me to take a few natural healing supplements.
Biolab in London recommend Biocare products which I took for many years.
Because of the person who gave the recommendation, I trust their quality.
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.
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
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.