Supplements for Fatigue

Stop! Put down the sweets, the extra cup of coffee, the Red Bull or the office doughnut that’s been sitting out now for over 6 hours. 

There are natural alternatives to preventing fatigue! A chronic lack of energy due to day-to-day stressors or hectic schedules can affect your youthfulness as well as your productivity. You can help address fatigue or lack of energy by eating healthy and keeping your blood sugar levels stable (i.e. avoid high glycemic food, avoid extra sugar and simple carbs), getting enough rest and exercise, and considering these supplements and herbs…

  • Magnesium: Oral magnesium supplementation has been shown to help reduce symptoms of fatigue, especially for those with low magnesium levels.
  • Coenzyme Q10: This vital nutrient is involved in cellular energy production throughout the body.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ginseng: (American or Asian). Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (Panax quinquefolius) are used for stimulant and adaptogenic (stress-protective) properties, respectively.
  • 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.
  • Arctic root: (Rhodiola rosea). An adaptogenic herb that helps prevent fatigue, stress and the damaging effects of oxygen deprivation.
  • Vitamin B complex: B-vitamins act as cofactors in many metabolic reactions and assist in the metabolism of carbohydrates into energy.
  • Healthy Diet + Exercise: An anti-Inflammatory Mediterranean diet, plus 20 to 30 minutes of aerobic exercise at least five days a week, is what is recommended. It may be the last thing you would feel like doing when you are trying to combat fatigue, but exercise can really help. A few years ago, a British study found that 55 percent of the chronic fatigue patients who took part in a 12-week exercise program rated themselves “much” or “very much” better as a result, and even a year later 74 percent still considered themselves improved. The study was published in the June 7, 1997, issue of the British Medical Journal.
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5 thoughts on “Supplements for Fatigue

  1. I know when I get busy and fall off my exercise routine, I can tell a huge difference in my energy levels almost immediately. Right now with the holidays it’s hard because there’s more to do, the weather isn’t always great, etc. and so workouts tend to be the first thing (for me anyway) that get cut. Making an extra effort this year to NOT let that happen.

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