Magnesium: Maybe Your CFS Cure?

Do You Need a Pick -Me- Up?

(c) 2011, Written by Will Blesch

Tired and depressed all the time, some people face the day with a rather bleak attitude.

After all, what do you do when you have what feels like zero energy, when nothing seems to work, when you can barely drag yourself out of bed, when doctors look at you like you’re a freak?

Your future is up in the air because it wasn’t until 1988 that doctors even recognized that there was a condition now known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

So, how do you even know that you’re going to find a treatment that works for you when you DO break down and go to see your modern medical practitioner?

Well, this article is for you.

Maybe you feel like you can’t sleep, you’ve got memory and concentration problems, maybe you’ve got periodic muscle aches and pains that arrive for no reason,  joint pain without redness or swelling, headaches, tender lymph nodes, increased sickness after any kind of physical exertion, sore throat….

Crap load of symptoms, eh?

That’s not all. Some of you might also experience one or more of the following too:

  • irritable bowel
  • depression or psychological problems (irritability, mood swings, anxiety, panic attacks)
  • chills and night sweats
  • visual disturbances (blurring, sensitivity to light, eye pain)
  • allergies or sensitivities to foods, odors, chemicals, medications, or noise
  • brain fog (feeling like you’re in a mental fog)
  • difficulty maintaining upright position, dizziness, balance problems or fainting

Lovely. Simply lovely.

Guess what? Modern medicine says there is no cure, as per the CDC (Centers for Disease Control).

However, the mineral magnesium is responsible for helping to convert blood sugar into energy for the body. It’s also necessary for the healthy functioning of your nerves and muscles.

As mentioned above, one of the defining symptoms ofCFSis a lack of energy. Increasing magnesium intake could theoretically help. According to an article regarding Chronic Fatigue Syndrome published in the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, “magnesium, l-carnitine, and S-adenosylmethionine are nonpharmacological supplements with the most potential for further research.”

Why in the world there haven’t already been more studies on these substances is beyond me.

Perhaps it has to do with money? Perhaps it has to do with big pharmaceutical companies wanting to make sure that they get the patent on anything new developed for the treatment ofCFS…not sure.

In the meantime, you can begin eating whole, natural and healthy foods that contain magnesium. Some of the best sources are pumpkins and pumpkin seeds, Flax Seed, almonds and cashews, lima beans, and walnuts.  You can also take a magnesium supplement although I think getting it directly from food sources is probably better.

These foods can likely help with restoring energy.

However, chronic infections of the Epstein-Barr virus have been linked to CFS.  It therefore makes sense to ingest something that both increases your natural energy, but then also something that fights the latent virus. A supplement containing quercetin, a plant-derived flavonoid found in fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains would be a good idea there.

While the above may not be a cure, it’s better than nothing. While we are waiting for a cure, we could be pressuring Congress for more direct research…less involvement of the FDA…and laws that help prevent the pharmaceutical companies from forming such huge monopolies.

References:

Porter NSJason LABoulton ABothne NColeman B. “Alternative medical interventions used in the treatment and management of myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia.” The Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine, March 2010

CDC (Centers for Disease Control) “Treatment forCFS”, cdc.gov,WEB

Nutrient Data Laboratory, Food Composition Laboratory, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Agricultural Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, “USDA Database for the Flavonoid Content of Selected Foods,”  U.S. Dept. of Agriculture,WEB

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