I haven’t written about supplements sooner, because I don’t want people to think they are magic pills which are going to suddenly cure everything. I believe that you need to be eating the right foods, and make lifestyle changes – such as pacing and meditating, the supplements may then give you a boost.
Before I got ME the only supplement I took was Evening Primrose Oil, which effectively reduced pain/tenderness in my breasts. This had been recommended by a specialist nurse after I had a mammogram. I ate relatively healthily, and didn’t see the need for other supplements.
After I got PVF, I was feeling so rough that after a few weeks I started researching what I could do to help myself. It was at that point that I found the website http://www.postviralfatigue.me.uk/. I also came across the book Natural Energy by Dr Erika Schwartz an Carol Colman, and also From Fatigued to Fantastic by Jacob Teitelbaum. Based on what I read I began taking the following supplements:
- Fatigued to Fantastic Energy Revitalization System – half a scoop a day
- D Ribose 5 g morning and evening
- CoQ10 150mg
- L-Glutamine 1500mg
- L Carnitine 1000mg
- Evening Primrose Oil 2000 mg per day
- Viridian Licorice Root 1 capsule
After a few months I began to consult my Nutritional Therapist. Over the time I consulted with her we changed my supplements several times. Here is the list of everything I remember taking under her direction. These were not taken all at the same time. Sometimes I stopped one tablet and replaced it with another. At other times the importance of taking taking two supplements together was stressed. Where I can remember that information I’ve included it here. However, please note that throughout most of the time I was consulting with my nutritional therapist I had brain fog and very little energy, so my memory is not great!
- Solgar Energy Modulators – 2 capsules per day
- Nutri Adrenal Extra (not taken with Solgar Energy Modulator) 2 tablets per day before 1pm.
- Nutrigest Pancreatic Enzymes (always taken with probiotics)
- Udo’s Choice Super 8 Probiotics
- Pukka Herbs Ashwaganha & Shatavari (instead of Nutri Adrenal Extra)
- Higher Nature Valerian Sleep aid
- Biocare Multi One a Day Plus (vitamin and mineral supplement instead of fatigued to fantastic powder)
- Biocare Magnesium Taurate
- Magnesium Citrate
I am not advocating that you go out, buy all these supplements and start taking them immediately. I’m not qualified to give advice on what you should take, all I can do is share what I took and what I think helped me. If you’re considering taking supplements you need to be aware of possible interactions between different supplements or and/or your prescription medication.
Nutri Adrenal Extra
The supplement that I noticed the most direct benefit from, and felt worse when I stopped taking it was Nutri Adrenal Extra. I initially took this for 1 month, after a saliva test showed I had adrenal fatigue. I saw noticeable improvements within two weeks, particularly in my sleep. After 1 month, on the advice of my nutritionist, I tried to stop taking Nutri Adrenal Extra and replace it with Ashwagana and Sharavari instead. I noticed my symptoms and sleep worsened and after consulting with my nutritionist we quickly swapped me back on to the Nutri Adrenal Extra. I took this for about 18 months in total, before gradually reducing my dose and removing it altogether.
Magnesium also made a huge and noticeable difference to my symptoms. It really helped my restless legs, muscle pain, constipation and sleep. I am still taking magnesium citrate tablets, having recently experimented with removing them only to discover that my restless legs and constipation returned.
Current Supplement Regime
As my health has improved I have steadily decreased the number and quantity of supplements I’m taking.
I am currently taking:
- 500mg Evening Primrose Oil (reduced from 2000mg)
- 1-2 tablets of Biocare Multi One a Day Plus. I experimented with removing this, but have decided to add it back in.
- Magnesium Citrate – 1 tablet per day
I also ensure I eat or drink probiotic foods daily: homemade yogurt, kimchi and/or kombucha, to replace the probiotic tablets I used to take, and I still pay close attention to my diet to ensure I get a nutrient dense diet.