Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome & nutritional supplementation

Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition where the patient is experiencing unusual, severe chronic lethargy that cannot be relieved by either rest or sleep over time, and has no direct medical cause. Some of the symptoms of the disease include exhaustion which might last at least 6 months, cannot be relieved by bed rest and is debilitating enough to prevent or delay daily activities such as playing with your children, exercising, or doing house chores. Other symptoms include muscle aches and joint pains, headaches which are different than previously experienced, mild fever, some disruption to cognitive functions causing confusion, irritability and forgetfulness. Other more known severe symptoms of CFS include disruptions of the physiological functions of the body such as digestive problems, respiratory and cardiac problems, and increased sensitivity to light, sound and smells.

Treatments of the disease are both psychological and physical, where the more well-known treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy and graded exercise therapy. There have also been certain studies that have pointed out that deficiencies of a multiple number of nutrients essential to the body could promote the development of the disease. Deficiencies of various B vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, sodium, zinc, L-tryptophan, L-carnitine, coenzyme Q10, and essential fatty acids could contribute to the development of the disease, and in turn, the disease itself could result in the deficiency in any one of these essential nutrients, thus converging into a vicious cycle (Werbach 2000). Other studies have proven that nutritional supplementation combined with medical treatment have significantly improved and reduced the severity of the symptoms compared to patients who took their medical treatment without any nutritional supplementation (Dykman et al. 1998).

We take a closer look at the essential nutrients and the importance of their role in the physiological processes in our body. Take zinc, for example. Zinc deficiency can cause immunodepression, muscle aches and fatigue. There have been studies that found that zinc levels were lower in patients suffering from CFS compared to those of healthy women (Dykman et al. 1998). Another important nutrient is vitamin B complex, particularly vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is an essential component to nearly all metabolic processes in the cell, as well as becoming building blocks for DNA. Fatigue and depression are common symptoms when a person is deficient in vitamin B12. It is no wonder that low levels of any of these nutrients could exacerbate the condition and symptoms of CFS sufferers and slow down the healing process.

For CFS sufferers, it is important to ensure a healthy diet that contains the right nutrients needed to ensure a quality life. The unique Lifelixer® formulation is the result of over a decade of research and development and is a hyper concentrated, patented nutrient blend, especially designed to provide a plethora of macro and micronutrients in a convenient supplement form. The formula not only contains essential nutrients mentioned above such as zinc and vitamin B12, but it also packs vitamin E, inositol, ginkgo biloba, silica (horsetail herb), soy isoflavones, American ginseng, beta sitosterol, MSM (Methysulfonylmethane), bovine colostrums and Fo-Ti-Root.

By addressing a range of potentially different causative effects the Lifelixer product takes a very broad brush approach to addressing a wide range of symptoms and potential causes, considered by the manufacturer to be the most appropriate to this disease model at this point in time.


Ginkgo biloba can improve cognitive function such as memory, which can be beneficial to patients suffering from confusion and forgetfulness due to CFS. Another important herb mentioned is Fo-Ti-Root which increases energy levels and improves the immunological processes in the body. American ginseng contains ginsenocides which improves spatial learning and protects memory impairment. Bovine colustrums contains many immunoglobulins, or antibodies, that are specific to many kinds of pathogens, and thus boost the immune system in the body. These are just a few of the herbs which contain active ingredients that play important roles in metabolic processes in the cells of the body

It is important to ensure that CFC sufferers ensure that they are taking in right amount of nutritional supplements to assist their recovery process and reduce the severity of symptoms. Staying healthy emotionally and physically also involves eating right and the first step towards recovery is always to start from the core. If you provide your body the necessary ingredients it needs to repair itself and boost certain processes internally, you can then focus on recovering the other parts by taking your medication regularly, and participating in the psychological and physical treatments.


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