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Old 02-09-2007, 12:07 PM   #1
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Echinacea and Zinc

I am four months into this awful fatigue and have got a referral to a fatigue clinic. However in the meantime I have been working on my original doctors diagnosis that my problem is due to a weak immune system and decided to take supplements applicable to that problem. Does anyone here have any advice / experience of taking the edge off their problems with Zinc and Echinacea?

 
Old 02-15-2007, 07:58 AM   #2
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Re: Echinacea and Zinc

Hi, I take both of those supplements, plus lots of vitamin C which is also good for the immune system, and a good multivitamin. If you suffer from extra bugs, viruses, colds etc, then these may help lessen them - though unfortunately from personal experience, it hasn't eradicated them. I'm afraid it hasn't done much for the fatigue etc though, as it seems the weakened immune system is a result of the ME. Good luck though, anything that strengthens your resistance is worth a go!

 
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Old 03-04-2007, 11:18 AM   #3
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Re: Echinacea and Zinc

Sorry to hear you're feeling bad -- but I must beg to differ. IF CFS is due to an auto-immune problem, then taking echinacea, which BOOSTS the immune system, would definitely be counter-productive! When your immune system is busy turning against your own tissue, you definitely don't want to help it do that by making your immune system stronger.

I'd stay off the echinacea. Have no idea about the zinc.

Good luck!

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Old 05-30-2007, 08:23 PM   #4
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Re: Echinacea and Zinc

I only take when I first feel like I'm coming down with cold/flu and then stop as soon as I feel it's gone. I'm not sure if it would help enough to make taking it all the time, but somethings work for some and not the other! I do like Co-enzyme Q 10 for more energy. It takes at least 1 month before you even notice slight improvement, it took me 2 months to notice anything.
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Old 06-05-2007, 05:43 PM   #5
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Re: Echinacea and Zinc

Vitamin B Complex helps fatigue.

 
Old 06-05-2007, 06:37 PM   #6
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Yes, I have found B complex to be somewhat helpful in treating my fatigue. Fatigue and joint pain have been the two most debilitating issues I have dealt with since being diagnosed with scleroderma. Thank you, Lori

 
Old 06-05-2007, 08:02 PM   #7
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Re: Echinacea and Zinc

Bcomplex and B12 do not help me, unfortunately. My doctor is putting me on adderall.
Zinc doesn't help either, but my skin has never looked better so I'm going to continue to take it!

 
Old 06-06-2007, 01:26 AM   #8
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Yep,I too have tried various supplements.Magnesium,yeast free B.complex and astragalus which is a chinese herb for boosting the immune system.Although I do agree with a previous post in that I was concerned if I was boosting an immune system that was already over active.Nobody seems to know for sure if it is an auto-immune problem.I can't say I felt any effects so I don't bother now as I eat fairly healthily anyway.

 
Old 06-08-2007, 08:09 AM   #9
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Re: Echinacea and Zinc

I take echinacia to boost my imune system and find that it really does help. It also assists in warding off colds and viruses. My naturopath, however, advises taking it for 2 weeks on and 2 weeks off. I'm not entirely sure why, but apparently that's the best way to take it long-term.

 
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