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Old 04-27-2011, 10:28 AM   #1
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Supplements for fatique and concentration

Hi Guys!

I’m a 22 year old male student. I’ve recently been to a doctor practicing alternative medicine because I’m experiencing sudden and often drops in energy and feel extremely tired most of the time. I’m also having trouble concentrating and suffer from memory loss.

After some test she determined I have a vitamin B (specifically b6) shortage as well as a magnesium shortage in my body. I also seem to have some hormonal imbalances and inefficient pancreas.

She gave me some drops (Pulsatilla, Hormeel S, Crytaegus, Engysol, BFA - no idea what this is) , vitamin B supplement and Magtosa (Magnesium supplement).

My prescription with her is now complete after a bit more than a month (some magnesium, vit B complex and a few drops).

I don’t really feel any better now, but I would like to take some more vitamins for a month or two before visiting the doctor again – a visit is very expensive.

What I’m thinking of using:
B Complex - for Vitamin B shortage
Omega 3 Concentrate – To possibly help with my concentration
Magnesium Complex – For my magnesium deficiency – 300mg twice a day
Vitamin C – 1000 - 2000mg spread out through the day
A multivitamin – Once a day
Spirulina or Brewers Yeast??

Do you think this will be appropriate?

Is there any advantage in taking a Maxi B in the morning and another later in the afternoon (2 a day instead of 1)?

Would you recommend omega 3 concentrate, or rather omega 3& 6?

Have you got any other suggestions?

If any one can answer at least some of my questions it will be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for your time! Its much appreciated

EDIT: I'd like to add that I think I might have a light infection - my tongue has this almost white layer on it for quite a few weeks no. I don't have any other symptoms though. I was on 3day anti-biotics course 2 weeks ago, but I don't think it worked.

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Old 04-28-2011, 07:07 AM   #2
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Re: Supplements for fatique and concentration


Anyone? I've seen so much expert advise on these forums. Was expecting some replies by now!

Old 04-28-2011, 09:36 AM   #3
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Re: Supplements for fatique and concentration

Originally Posted by jenj770 View Post
Thinking about the underlying cause, could you have CFS? You might also visit the Chronic Fatigue board here. CFS is not just about being tired it affects many body systems, memory, etc... Also, did you take Probiotics during and after your abx therapy? If not, I would recommend doing that as well.


Thanks, I'll have a look at CFS symptoms and if I think it might be necessary I'll consult a doctor. However, doctors in alternative medicine are very expensive round here. Will a normal GP be able to assist me?

I haven't taken probiotics, ever. Can it be bought at health supplement stores? I'll give it a try

Old 05-01-2011, 12:20 AM   #4
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Re: Supplements for fatique and concentration

Fish Oil - specifically omega-3s can be very helpful for concentration - you can go up to 5 grams/day of EPA and DHA combined - although they usually have you start with 2 grams and work yourself up until you reach a place where you feel like more doesn't give you any additional benefit. Omega 6s are EXTREMELY prevalent in our diets you don't need to supplement with them.

It sounds to me like your adrenal glands are fatigued. Make sure you are getting plenty of good quality sleep at a decent hour - going to bed by 10pm. Also, vitamins b5 and b6 are really important to support your adrenal glands, so a high-potency b-complex could be very helpful. You could also try taking sublingual methylcobalamin (a form of vitamin B12) and see if that helps your energy drops at all. Also, make sure you are eating plenty of protein and good-quality fats throughout the day, as a drop in blood sugar can show up as sudden drops in energy and poor concentration.

How are you sleeping? Do you have alot of stress? Do you exercise? What do you do to relax?

Good Luck!

Old 05-01-2011, 12:42 AM   #5
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Re: Supplements for fatique and concentration

Thanks for your reply.

I actually forgot to mention but my doctor did say I have inactive adrenal glands.

I'm a post-graduate IT student and very busy the whole time! Besides my studies I do freelance work as well. I admit that I don't get to bed early at night, sometimes only getting to sleep at 12pm. I do however sleep until 7h30 or a bit later, so that's still 7 - 8 hours of sleep. I feel like I do sleep properly throughout the night.

I've just started taking OMEGA 3 supplements three days ago. I'm taking 6 capsules per day. Which means 540mg of EPA and 360mg of DHA daily. Is this sufficient? Too much?

Before buying my OMEGA supplement I thought about getting a 3 & 6 instead of just a 3. But I opted for the OMEGA 3 only supplement. Glad you mentioned that OMEGA 6 supplements aren't necessary.

I'm focusing on increasing my protein in my diet, even though I think its already more than average. Im trying to replace some carbs with protein and fresh salads. Also laying low on the sugar.

I dont exercise, at all. But since last week I decided I really have to start doing something. Its winter here now and quite miserable outside. But Im taking a half hour walk with the dog almost every day now.

So since 3 days ago Im taking:
Probiotics 9 strain 5 billion with 50mg PRObiotics once a day
OMEGA 3 6 capsules, total of 540mg of EPA and 360mg of DHA per day
Magnesium Complex 150mg + 30mg Vit C 10mg Vit B6 2 tablets twice a day total of 600mg magnesium
B Complex containing 12,3mg of B6 and 25ug of B12, to mention few. Is there any advantage in taking the B complex twice a day instead of once?

Thank you very much for your advice! Its much appreciated!

Old 05-01-2011, 12:59 AM   #6
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Re: Supplements for fatique and concentration

Get your Dr. to check your tongue it may be thrush after taking antibiotics. Also when run down I take a multivitamin/multimineral and get some protein powder from GNC of whey protein and mix with milk. I think they sell whey protein at walmart but heard it doesn't taste as good. Try and eat spinach and veggies too. I was anemic when I was in College and took Vitathion and iron and make sure the Dr. checked your iron stores ferritin level and thyroid. I hope you feel better soon.
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Old 05-15-2011, 11:37 PM   #7
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Re: Supplements for fatique and concentration

I think you should be consulted by a professional
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doctor. I do not believe in alternative medicine. I tried it once , but it doesn't help me at all.

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