What are they: Multivitamin & mineral supplements are a mixture of nutrients designed to make you feel alive. They come in different forms including powder, capsules and pills and are usually designed to be taken once a day.
Why take them: Firstly, it’s important to remember that all of these nutrients are available through eating the right foods. However the theory goes that CFS’ers are not correctly absorbing many of these nutrients (through faulty genes or problems with digestion) and that due to being unwell people with CFS/ME require much higher amounts nutrients in the first place, so they must provide higher doses through supplementation to meet these needs.
It is also claimed that modern farming practices (pesticides, fertilizers, soil degradation etc.) have reduced the levels of vitamins and minerals (especially magnesium) in our food so we must supplement to stay healthy.
How much should I take? Usually one dose per day as directed on the label. Ongoing supplementation can be quite expensive so carefully weigh up the cost versus the benefit after trialling it for a few months.
My Experience: (2010) Having investigated a while back I originally chose to trial Dr Teitelbaums Energy Revitalisation. I was pretty suspicious as he developed and markets the product, but also states that he doesn’t accept royalties from the sales. I can’t know for sure but choose to believe him based on all his work with CFS/ME. It was very sweet and synthetic mixture so I stopped taking it pretty quickly.
(January 2011) I then ended up trialling a whole range of different multivitamins settling on Hypomultiple for a while as my Doctor stocked it, it was comprehensive and it was cheaper than the rest.
(November 2011) I got tired of Hypomultiple and started looking for the most natural and organic alternative I could find. I eventually decided instead to focus on improving my diet while specifically targeting any nutritional deficiencies evident in my blood tests with individual supplements. I was having Epsom salt baths, high doses of vitamin C and taking a supplement to increase my magnesium levels. I personally more enjoyable and natural alternative to a daily multivitamin is having a green superfood smoothie each day.
Links: Dr Sarah Myhill puts forward the case for daily supplementation here. She is definitely in the tonnes of supplements at once camp (I’m a little over this right now) but claims to have had good results and appears genuinely committed to helping people recover as quick as possible.
Wikipedia also has a good article on whether multivitamins are effective.
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Where to Next?
Already had your Green Smoothie for breakfast?