Chronic Fatigue and Magnesium Nutrition

Chronic Fatigue expert Dr. Carolyn Dean talks about how you can successfully treat Chronic Fatigue and how you can avoid it altogether.

Our sedentary lifestyle, consumption of processed foods combined with antibiotics, environmental chemicals, and polluted atmosphere have coincided with a greater frequency of chronic fatigue than ever before.

At the same time our magnesium stores and other nutrients have become woefully depleted leaving our immune systems weakened and unable to protect our bodies and brains from chemicals, yeast overgrowth, toxins, food additives and viruses said to be one of the triggering factors in Chronic Fatigue.


Chronic Fatigue Symptoms

The symptoms of Chronic Fatigue are chronic headaches, swollen glands, periodic fevers and chills, muscle and joint aches and pains, muscle weakness, sore throat, and numbness and tingling of the extremities. The general feeling is one of incredible fatigue and inability to do even the simplest of tasks without becoming exhausted, inability to cope with any stress, and insomnia.

Nutritional magnesium is a natural detoxifier and a natural anti-stress mineral.  It ameliorates the fatigue, muscle pain, and chemical sensitivity of chronic fatigue syndrome.

Several clinical studies have shown that magnesium deficiency is common in chronic fatigue syndrome sufferers. 1., 2., 3.

Between our mineral-depleted diet and the depletion of minerals from our soils and the fact that most Americans do not get the RDA for magnesium, over 75% of Americans are magnesium deficient.

Here is What You Can Do

1. Strengthen your immune system by avoiding added sugars, processed foods and environmental toxins. Eat organic meats and vegetables.  Make sure these are not contaminated with antibiotics, pesticides and other immune weakening agents.

2. Avoid stress both physical and emotional. Stress further depletes nutrient stores and lowers your health defenses.

3. Supplement with nutritional magnesium.  One of the most bio absorbable is magnesium citrate in a powder form which can be found in most natural food stores or vitamin shops. Just mix with hot or cold water.


1. In Howard JM, Davies S, Hunnisett A. Magnesium and chronic fatigue syndrome. Letter. Lancet 1992;340:426,

2. Seelig M. Presentation to the 37th Annual Meeting, American College of Nutrition, October 13, 1996.

3. Moorkens G, Manuel Y, Keenoy B, et al Magnesium deficit in a sample of the Belgian population presenting with chronic fatigue. Magnes Res  1997;10:329-337.

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