Healing Kitchen

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
To fight the tiredness, feelings of depression, weakness, and muscle pains associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, a diet high in vitamin B12, vitamin C, magnesium, and zinc may prove to be beneficial. While this may appear to be a rather large cornucopia of nutrients to obtain from your diet, it is important to remember that these nutrients can be found in foods commonly consumed.

We believe that it's possible to manage and/or improve certain conditions through what you eat. When we create "Mega-Recipes" for an ailment, we strive to include the maximum number of the nutrients that are shown to have benefit for that ailment. We also expect the Mega-Recipe to contain at least 25% of recommended intakes for those nutrients. See the list of recipes that have met our criteria for this ailment.

What You Should Eat & Why

Because carotenoids can enhance immunity, taking a mixed carotenoid supplement along with vitamin C and echinacea may help the body fight the persistent tiredness and flulike symptoms associated with this ailment.
Leading Food Sources of carotenoids: Carrots, Spinach, Sweet potatoes, Apricots, Corn, fresh, Collard greens, Acorn squash, Peppers, sweet

Foods high in magnesium can help to reduce the muscle aches that often occur in people with chronic fatigue syndrome. An underlying deficiency in magnesium may result in chronic fatigue and symptoms similar to chronic fatigue syndrome including muscle pain, sleep disturbance, depression, headaches, and low-grade fever.
Leading Food Sources of magnesium: Spinach, Quinoa, Almonds, Avocados, Chocolate, Pumpkin seeds, Oysters, Sunflower seeds, Brazil nuts, Buckwheat, Amaranth, Barley

vitamin B12
Vitamin B12, working closely with folate, helps your body to make red blood cells, and is important for the prevention of nerve damage, muscle weakness, memory loss, fatigue and depression. Vitamin B12 deficiency may result in fatigue and anemia.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin B12: Beef, Crab, Trout, Oysters, Clams, Tuna, Yogurt, Lamb

vitamin C
Vitamin C helps strengthen a weakened immune system, believed by many to be a factor in this disabling disorder.
Leading Food Sources of vitamin C: Cabbage, red, Strawberries, Potatoes, Tangerines & other mandarins, Peppers, bell, red, Oranges, Kiwi fruit

Some studies suggest that CFS is partially due to an impaired immune system. Foods high in zinc help to boost, enhance, and repair the immune system. Zinc also acts as an internal warrior and promotes the destruction of foreign microorganisms, and inhibits the growth of certain viruses such as the common cold and herpes simplex.
Leading Food Sources of zinc: Barley, Wheat, Crab, Oysters, Lamb, Beef, Chicken, Turkey

Date Published: 05/03/2005
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