In treating CFS/M.E. I often recommend supplementation with Chromium and Manganese, both routinely deficient in our western diet!
Trace Minerals (Chromium and Manganese)
The possibility of trace mineral deficiencies must be considered for the CFS patient. Many minerals are often deficient in today’s western diet, due to modern chemical farming techniques that fail to replace minerals in the soil, and to the nature of much of our highly processed foods. Iron status must be checked and addressed, as its function in energy is well known and documented.
Two minerals less often remembered by practitioners are manganese and chromium. These minerals are both commonly deficient in the western diet. Manganese is sometimes called “the forgotten mineral,” but is involved in no less than twenty enzyme processes in the body, responsible for bone growth, lubrication of joints, sugar balance, and nerve transmission. When deficient in the body, symptoms may include glucose intolerance, reduced brain function, middle ear imbalances, dizziness, and nervous instability such as anxiety. Manganese can be supplemented as a nutrient, and/or as the homeopathic remedy Manganum Aceticum, in our Materia Medica.
Chromium is an essential trace mineral necessary for “glucose tolerance,” or the handling of sugar in the blood. It is commonly deficient in today’s diet of processed foods, as chromium is a mineral easily lost in processing. Couple this with the fact that so much white sugar, white flour, and quickly digested carbohydrates are being consumed, and chromium, which is essential to the insulin/ blood sugar mechanism, is even more in demand in the body. Studies indicate that this dietary trend has lowered normal human chromium levels in modern Western people compared with 100 years ago, and it is highly possible that this deficiency shows itself in increased heart disease, diabetes, hypoglycemia, and impaired protein metabolism. Chromium, usually 200 mcg daily along with Vanadium, Manganese and Vitamin B3 for sugar metabolism, can be supplemented in CFS patients who have symptoms of hypoglycemia or poor sugar metabolism. Homeopathic Chromium Oxidatum. (low-potency, as in 3x or 6x) can also be used as a tissue salt to more quickly build up the nutrient status of this mineral. With low blood sugar (hypoglycemia) symptoms being so prevalent in CFS patients, many would benefit from supplementation of both the nutrient form of GTF Chromium, and homeopathic Chromium Oxidatum.
This is an excerpt from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. by Diane Solomon DHM DipI.O.N
For more info go to: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E.
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