Alternative Medicine

Fight Fatigue & Increase Energy, Part 2

The second part of our series about herbs and nutritional supplements that can substantially increase your energy and overall wellbeing.

Last time we covered some of the major supplements to help you increase reduce fatigue and increase energy. If you missed that issue you can view it online here.

Today we’ll look at some additional energy-related supplements.

  • More Energy-related Antioxidants:
    • NADH is an activated form of niacin (B3). It supports your body’s process of extracting energy in the Krebs cycle to create ATP. In the first part of this article (last time), you learned that ATP is the energy ‘currency’ in your cells. It also helps support healthy levels of dopamine, an important neurotransmitter associated with mental clarity and focus. The bottom line is that it helps you have more energy. A good dose is 5 mg on an empty stomach (usually in the morning) 4 times a week.
    • D-Ribose – In a 2006 paper published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, D-ribose improved symptoms of chronic fatigue in 66% of patients. They had more energy, slept better, increased mental clarity, and a greater sense of well-being. Dose is 5 grams taken 3 times daily.
    • Resveratrol is included in this list because it helps your cells repair DNA more efficiently. It also increases the number of mitochondria in cells, which as you may recall from the first part of this article (last issue) are the energy factories in every cell in your body. There are widely divergent opinions about the best doses for resveratrol. A common dosage range is 30 to 100 mg per day, best taken in one dose.
  • Creatine helps recycle ATP after has been used. By recycling it more efficiently, you create a larger available amount of it that your body can generate more energy. 1-2 grams a day in divided doses supports this function.
  • Boron is not popularly acknowledged as an ‘energy’ supplement. I include it here because it also supports healthy mental functioning, memory and alertness, all crucial for an active, energetic life.  It is also crucial for your body’s ability to utilize vitamin D, calcium and phosphorous. As an added bonus, it helps strengthen bones, which as you know is an important concern as we age. It is a “micronutrient,” meaning that you don’t need huge amounts. Usually 2-3 mg per day is sufficient.
But Wait, There’s More!

Yes, there are other ways you can increase your energy. Next time, in the final part of this series, you’ll learn about some powerful herbal supplements as well as a few other ways to increase your vitality.

2 replies on “Fight Fatigue & Increase Energy, Part 2”

Between part 1 and part 2 thats alot of pills. Is there something out there that has all these ingrediants in it. Or, you suggesting that you take one or the other of any of these. Thanks, Esther

Hi Esther,

You’re right, there are way too many things on these lists for someone to take all at once. What I recommend is addressing the most important aspects of what someone is experiencing. In other words, if they’re tired all the time, then building energy would be the focus. If they are having more trouble focusing, etc., then the supplements for that would be the emphasis.

Of course there are folks who have more than one thing going on. That makes it more complicated. In that instance I always recommend starting with dialing in the ideal foods for that person’s ideal metabolic balance. Once we have that figured out, then the symptom patterns change and we can often be more focused and specific with any additional supplements.

Hope that helps!

Dr. Bruce

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