There’s no question that with the current coronavirus crisis, many Americans are suffering from fatigue. Working from home, dealing with children and homeschooling them, along with the anxiety over COVID-19 can take a toll on our energy reserves.
Age is another factor that causes fatigue, says Dr. Erika Schwartz, M.D., a Newsmax contributor. The energy-manufacturing factors in our cells, called mitochondria, become less efficient when we get older.
“As we age, the mitochondria age with us and eventually die, making our energy production in various organs less effective,” she says.
Here are some products that give you a boost:
- Ashwagandha. Many studies have shown that taking ashwagandha, one of the world’s oldest medicines, helps reduce anxiety and stress, according to Healthline. All of the studies also showed that taking ashwagandha extract relieved fatigue.
- Rhodiola Rosea. Rhodiola Rosea. Dr. Chris D’Adamo of the University of Maryland says this herb is his first choice to increase resistance to stress. It’s been studied extensively in many European countries and, according to the American Botanical Council, helps prevent stress and fatigue and acts as a powerful antioxidant to enhance immune system function.
- Coenzyme Q10. Dr. Stephen Sinatra, a leading integrative cardiologist and author of “Reverse Heart Disease Now,” says CoQ10 sparks energy production in every cell of your body, including your heart. “I’ve had patients who thought their energy decline was due old age but after taking CoQ10, they literally felt 10 years younger.” His recommendation is at least 100 milligrams daily.
- Vitamin B complex. According to the International Business Times, the B vitamins band together to help fight fatigue. B12 (cobalamin) is vital for neurological function and is perhaps the most important of the B complex vitamins. Dr. Schwartz says that sublingual doses of 100 micrograms daily or intramuscular weekly shots of B12 help many people feel more energized.
- Zinc. This important mineral promotes healthy cell production and the synthesis of protein in the body. It’s found in high concentrations in some of the most vital areas of the body, such as the skin, kidneys, bones, pancreas, and red and white blood cells. The recommended dietary allowance for adult men is 11 milligrams daily and 8 milligrams for women.
- Iron. People who have anemia or who may be deficient in the mineral iron often feel sluggish and weak. The body needs iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen from your lungs to the organs and tissues throughout the body. Without sufficient iron, the red blood cells can’t do their work. While the average person gets enough iron from eating lean meats and seafood, supplementation can help boost your energy levels. However, vegans should be especially careful, as they are twice as likely to develop iron deficiency. Experts advise taking iron pills along with vitamin C to boost absorption. For adult men and women age 51 and older, the dosage is 8 milligrams a day.
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