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Chronic fatigue: Can a natural remedy boost my energy?

Are there any natural remedies that reduce chronic fatigue associated with chronic fatigue syndrome?

Updated: 04-17-2012

Answer

Researchers have evaluated a variety of natural products for effectiveness against chronic fatigue syndrome. Most results have been disappointing.

A few remedies — magnesium injected into the muscles for people with low red blood cell magnesium, a combination of fish oil and evening primrose oil, melatonin, NADH, propionyl-L-carnitine, and D-ribose — have shown encouraging results in preliminary studies. However, many of these promising early results weren't confirmed by follow-up studies, or the original studies were too small to be conclusive.

At this time, there's little evidence to recommend any specific natural remedy as a treatment for chronic fatigue.

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