Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
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Our proprietary “Star-Rating” system was developed to help you easily understand the amount of scientific support behind each supplement in relation to a specific health condition. While there is no way to predict whether a vitamin, mineral, or herb will successfully treat or prevent associated health conditions, our unique ratings tell you how well these supplements are understood by the medical community, and whether studies have found them to be effective for other people.
For over a decade, our team has combed through thousands of research articles published in reputable journals. To help you make educated decisions, and to better understand controversial or confusing supplements, our medical experts have digested the science into these three easy-to-follow ratings. We hope this provides you with a helpful resource to make informed decisions towards your health and well-being.
|1 gram three times daily||[2 stars] L-carnitine is an important nutrient for energy production. Supplementation can make up for a possible deficiency.|
|Refer to label instructions||[2 stars] Some researchers have reported that magnesium deficiency is common in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. Supplementing can help make up for a deficiency.|
|10 mg daily||[2 stars] Supplementing with NADH may help your body produce more energy.|
|1 gram of aspartates is taken twice per day||[2 stars] Potassium-magnesium aspartate has shown benefits for chronically fatigued people in some trials.|
|Consult a qualified healthcare practitioner||[2 stars] Vitamin B12 deficiency may cause fatigue, but B12 injections have been reported benefits even without deficiency. A doctor should evaluate deficiency and whether B12 injections may help.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] Adaptogenic herbs such as Asian ginseng have an immunomodulating effect and help support the normal function of the body’s hormonal stress system.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] DHEA is a hormone that has been found to be low in some people with chronic fatigue syndrome.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] “Adaptogenic” herbs such as eleuthero have an immunomodulating effect and help support the normal function of the body’s hormonal stress system.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] In one study, patients with chronic fatigue syndrome reported an improvement in their symptoms after taking a supplement containing the essential fatty acids EPA and DHA.|
|Refer to label instructions||[1 star] A case report described a man with CFS whose symptoms improved after taking 2.5 grams of licorice root daily.|
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