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April 03, 2021 6 min read

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a long term, debilitating illness with a wide range of symptoms - the most common being extreme tiredness. It’s estimated that around 1 in 300 people in the UK has CFS and it is most common in women between the ages of 25 and 45.

Unfortunately, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (which also goes by the name of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or ME) is often misunderstood. People assume it’s just a case of being overtired but it’s so much more than that. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can have detrimental effects on a person’s entire lifestyle and emotional well being, and should be treated as seriously as any other visible illness.

Here at Mountainlife, we believe in harnessing the power of natural remedies to help support those with physical and emotional conditions. Within this article, we’ve shared some of the best natural chronic fatigue supplements. While they may not cure Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, there is evidence to suggest they can help with Chronic Fatigue symptoms.

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Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

It’s important to recognise the difference between chronic fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Chronic fatigue is something that can be caused by various lifestyle factors including poor diet, obesity, chronic stress or lack of sleep. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (or ME) has no confirmed cause. However, there are several theories that it’s caused by genetic mutations and certain viruses of toxins in the body. Some medical practitioners believe viruses like glandular fever and bacterial infections like pneumonia cause CFS, as well as problems with the immune system, hormonal imbalances and emotional trauma.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome is more than just being tired. The extreme physical and mental fatigue tends to get worse after mild exertion and is often accompanied by some or all of the following symptoms:

  • Exercise intolerance
  • Sleep problems
  • Brain fog
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Headaches
  • Sore throat or sore glands
  • Problems thinking, memory loss & finding it difficult to concentrate
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Dizziness and nausea
  • Fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)

Covid Chronic Fatigue

Are you suffering from chronic fatigue after Covid? According to the UK Office for National Statistics 1 in 10 COVID-19 patients are experiencing post-viral symptoms including extreme tiredness up to 3 months later. Christened ‘Long Covid’ the condition shows many similarities to Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and post-viral ME. It has led some researchers to believe that the virus that causes COVID-19 could trigger Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, although more research is needed.

What can you do for chronic fatigue?

Unfortunately, getting a Chronic Fatigue diagnosis is difficult and usually involves ruling out other conditions with similar symptoms. These may include chronic infections, autoimmune diseases, mental health conditions and the nervous-system disorder Fibromyalgia, which is closely associated with ME.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome treatment often comprises medication to control pain, nausea and sleep problems, cognitive behavioural therapy and graded exercise therapy. Health practitioners may also recommend treating Chronic Fatigue with lifestyle changes such as:

  • Avoiding stressful situations whenever possible
  • Getting the right amount of sleep (not too little, not too much)
  • Cutting out alcohol, caffeine and sugar from your diet
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Eating a well-balanced diet (small and often rather than big heavy meals)
  • Maintaining a healthy weight to avoid a negative impact on energy levels
  • Getting plenty of rest
  • Taking regular exercise (starting slowly and building up)

Supplements for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can be very challenging. Some may find it difficult to carry out everyday tasks and have to make major lifestyle changes. While we’d always recommend seeking help from medical professionals, there are several natural Chronic Fatigue supplements that may help to relieve symptoms.

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1. Shilajit Resin

Shilajit is a natural plant-based tar, extracted from the Altai mountains in Siberia. Supercharged with over 85 active minerals, including Fulvic Acid, it offers a host of incredible health benefits. Scientists have observed that Shilajit influences several processes linked with the body’s natural production of energy. Studies have found that Shilajit reduces fatigue, anxiety and mitochondrial dysfunction, all of which are symptoms of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

The Fulvic Acid in Shilajit is also thought to fuel Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) - a vital energy source of the body, by increasing the absorption of nutrients and directing them to the cells.

Shop Mountainlife Shilajit online. Our wild harvested Siberian Shilajit is available as a resin or in capsule and powder form.

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2. Siberian Ginseng AKA Eleuthero

Siberian Ginseng has been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine for thousands of years as a tonic for fatigue. It’s also known as an adaptogen that strengthens the body’s resistance to mental and physical stress.

A study of Siberian Ginseng found that participants with mild fatigue reported less fatigue after taking the supplement for 4 months. While participants with severe fatigue did not show improvements, they did report feeling less depressed, with overall benefits to their mental wellbeing.

The stimulant-like effects of Eleuthero are thought to boost energy levels, with compounds known to help overcome exhaustion and prevent side effects. It therefore may be one of the best energy supplements for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Try our wild harvested Siberian Ginseng root powder as a herbal tea or mixed into a superfood smoothie. For extra health benefits, we recommend our high strength Siberian Ginseng extract capsules. These are independently tested to confirm 1.5% Eleutherosides content, known to have immune-boosting and anxiety-relieving effects.

3. Rhodiola Rosea

Rhodiola Rosea is a medicinal herb that grows in cold mountainous regions of Europe and Asia. It contains over 140 active ingredients, including Salidroside and Rosavin, both said to have anti-anxiety and antidepressant effects. The herb is thought to benefit Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by rebalancing neurotransmitters in the body, which some researchers believe may be out of balance in ME / CFS sufferers. It may also have a positive effect on fatty acid levels and ATP production.

A study of 100 people with Chronic Fatigue found that taking Rhodiola Rosea extract helped to alleviate feelings of fatigue, while also improving their concentration, mood and overall quality of life.

Mountainlife Rhodiola Rosea powder is wild harvested from Siberia. We also supply high strength Rhodiola Rosea extract capsules, confirmed to have no less than 3% Rosavins and 1% Salidrosides.

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4. Marine Phytoplankton

Known as ‘the jewel of the ocean,’ Marine Phytoplankton is mineral-rich algae and an all-one-superfood. This health supplement is commonly used by those with chronic fatigue, as it helps deliver ATP (the natural energy source) directly to the cells, bypassing the need for mitochondrial function.

Our Marine Phytoplankton is sourced from an ancient saltwater borehole and is one of the most mineral-dense superfoods on the planet. Once extracted, it is carefully filtered, cultured and dried at a pristine coastal facility in Europe to ensure it retains all of its vital phytochemicals.

Customers have reported that taking Mountainlife Marine Phytoplankton has helped with brain fog - a common symptom of Chronic Fatigue. Here's a testimonial from our website...

"GOODBYE BRAIN FOG! This product is an absolute miracle! My brain fog has improved dramatically. In fact, I don't think I even have it anymore! I will never go without this product. The taste is great and the results are even better. Thank you mountainlifehealth for creating such amazing, authentic products that actually work!"

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5. Medicinal Mushrooms

Several medicinal mushrooms, including Cordyceps, Reishi and Lion’s Mane are thought to boost overall energy levels, combat fatigue and reduce tiredness.

In a study of 132 patients suffering from neurasthenia (a condition associated with mental and physical exhaustion), Reishi mushrooms helped to alleviate aches, pains and feelings of irritability. Although the study was not for Chronic Fatigue, the effects are likely to be similar.

Cordyceps mushrooms are thought to support the body’s production of ATP and deliver energy directly to the cells. Several studies have found the mushroom improves measures of exercise performance.

Mountainlife offers a wide range of medicinal mushroom products, including high strength Lion’s Mane, Cordyceps and Reishi extract powders. We have also developed a Mushroom Complex powder and capsules, which combine the benefits of 8 medicinal mushrooms and may be beneficial Chronic Fatigue supplements.

For more information about any of our wild harvested herbs and Di Tao mushroom supplements, drop us an email at info@mountainlifehealth.co.uk

Thomas Sharp
Thomas Sharp


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