Chronic fatigue syndrome linked to vitamin D insufficiency

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By David Liu, PHD

Sunday Sept 30, 2012 ( -- Taking vitamin D supplements or getting exposed to the sun often may help chronic fatigue syndrome, according to a new study in International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research.

S. Berkovitz of University College London Hospitals NHS Trust in London, UK and colleagues conducted the study and found on average, patients with chronic fatigue syndrome had lower serum vitamin D levels, compared to people in the general population.

The researchers surveyed serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D in 221 patients with chronic fatigue syndrome and these patients were compared with those attending the hospital for other chronic diseases and to a group of women aged 45 in the general population.

The mean vitamin D level in patients with chronic fatigue syndrome was 44.4 nmol/L, compared to optimal levels greater than 75 nmol/L compared to those in the general population.

The vitamin D levels in chronic fatigue syndrome patients were lower than those found in women in the general population, but similar to those found in patients with other medical conditions.

The authors say the findings support the recommendation that all patients with moderate to severe chronic fatigue syndrome should be encouraged to have sufficient sun exposure and eat foods high in vitamin D (please note that no one could get 10 percent of total vitamin D he needs from eating foods).  And if necessary, oral or IV injection types of vitamin D supplements should be used to raise the vitamin D level to the optimal level.

In addition to taking vitamin D supplements, using some supplements like royal jelly and Korean red ginseng extract may also help treat chronic fatigue syndrome.  Taking both for a couple of weeks, you may revive.

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