Sunday, February 22, 2009

Mitochondria and chronic fatigue link found

This article was forwarded to me - and I am providing a link below. It adds more credence to the importance of mitochondria as a factor contributing to fatigue.

Quick summary - link to full text is below.
Mitochondrial dysfunction noted in individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome. Those with more severe dysfunction had more severe fatigue.
See an attached PDF of the actual article. While this is not a multiple sclerosis patient population - it does lend credence to theory that mitochondrial dysfunction has a role in the disabling fatigue in worsening MS.

My advice -- eat specifically for your mitochondria. Be sure you've got a rich source of B vitamins (mushrooms, dark green leafy vegetables), co-enzyme Q (wheat germ or organic liver), and antioxidants (intense colors, preferably some purple-black, red, and yellow-orange each day). Spending most of your calories each day on organic vegetables, fruit, seeds/ nuts is a great way to add to your micro-nutrient content.

Coming soon –I will soon have a DVD which features lectures with an audio link to power points slides. These lectures include my food as medicine lectures to the medical students, and pharmacy students and separate food as medicine lectures to the public. I am currently teaching a six week food as medicine course to the public and will be converting that to an audio series as well.

The link below should get you to the article

Int J Clin Exp Med (2009) 2, 1-16
Original Article
Chronic fatigue syndrome and mitochondrial dysfunction

Sarah Myhill1, Norman E. Booth2, John McLaren-Howard3
1Sarah Myhill Limited, Llangunllo, Knighton, Powys, Wales LD7 1SL, UK; 2Department of Physics and Mansfield College, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3RH, UK; 3Acumen, PO Box 129, Tiverton, Devon EX16 0AJ, UK

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