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Chronic Fatigue and Cellular Energy

Posted Feb 03 2009 11:42am

by Vic Shayne, PhD

It is not uncommon to be tired once in a while, but when it’s happening frequently, then it’s time to do something about it. The kind of exhaustion to which this article refers is that which may be combined with sadness, depression, lack of desire, sleep problems, sleepiness in the middle of the day and even digestive problems. More severe are instances when fatigue is coupled with health problems that affect the liver, respiratory system, immune system, joints and muscles, and so forth.

Unlike flu symptoms, which usually go away in a few days or weeks, chronic fatigue syndrome symptoms either hang on or come and go frequently for more than six months.

According to my research, the human body requires certain nutrients that are only found in foods to produce energy within the cells. Without these nutrients, you eventually go into a cycle of chronic fatigue. No wonder why so many physicians have termed chronic fatigue syndrome the disease of the century. While I think this may be an overstatement, it certain brings attention to the fact that there are many people running around who are at the same time run-down. Vitamins and multivitamins are just not turning the tide. This is because foods, not vitamins and minerals, contain the building blocks of energy.

Energy in the cells is produced within the mitochondria, or energy manufacturing plant. There are specific foods within nature's arsenal that have been individually shown to support the mitochondria in their tasks, including astralagus, alfalfa, quinoa, etc.. In addition, the vitamin B complex, along with all of its synergists (helper nutrients) support energy production as well. 

The vitamin B complex (found in foods such as rice bran, yeast, etc.) is responsible for a number of energy-related functions in the body, including nerve transmission, brain support (mental and emotional), muscle health, and cellular energy production.  

The solution is to take both whole food supplements containing these important energy-making nutrients, as well as to include these foods in your diet and to stop eating sugar and bad fats.  

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