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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) Treatment: Diet

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Sometimes, chronic fatigue can be a result of continually eating the wrong foods. For someone with a food sensitivity, for example, continually consuming a certain food substance might cause the person to experience the symptoms associated with chronic fatigue syndrome. Also, it has been found that some people who experience CFS have low blood pressure (which might explain their fatigue). Eating a well-balanced diet that can bring that blood pressure up within a normal range might also help to treat the symptoms of this condition.

In addition to those listed below, both beta-carotene and DHEA have been suggested as treatments for CFS, but the evidence that they work remains extremely preliminary at best.21,22,23

Also, a general multivitamin or multimineral supplement might be recommended as nutritional deficiencies might cause some, if not all of the symptoms of chronic fatigue.

Melatonin might also be recommended for the treatment of CFS.


Effect of Elimination Diet on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Since people with chronic fatigue syndrome are often unsure of the cause of their condition, it is beneficial to see if a certain food or foods is the culprit. And, even if it doesn't end up...

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Effect of Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

EFAs can help to reduce inflammation, aid in cellular function and help with mood disorders (via different mechanism). Depending on the individual's specific CFS symptoms, essential fatty acids...

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Effect of Chocolate on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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Effect of Carnitine on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Early studies reported decreased carnitine levels in people with chornic fatigue syndrome.18 So naturally, supplementing it is thought to possibly help in the treatment of the condition.

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Effect of Beta-Carotene on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

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  1. Himmel PB, Seligman TM. A pilot study employing dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) in the treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome. J Clin Rheumatol. 1999;5:56-59.
  1. Cunha BA. Beta-carotene stimulation of natural killer cell activity in adult patients with chronic fatigue syndrome. CFIDS Chronicle Physicians' Forum. 1993:18-19.
  1. Heath M, Klein NC, Cunha BA. Dose dependent effects of beta carotene therapy in chronic fatigue syndrome [abstract]. Clin Res. 1994;42:345A.