Lack of energy is a common health complaint. The National Institute of Mental Health states that lack of energy may be associated with fatigue and feeling overwhelmingly tired some, or all, of the time. Lack of energy is a common symptom of many conditions, including depression and other mental health conditions. Certain dietary supplements may help boost your energy levels, although you should understand the possible risks and side effects before using these powerful substances.
Lack of energy and motivation to perform your usually daily tasks and recreational activities is also known as fatigue. In some cases, your fatigue may be long-lasting, or chronic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that chronic fatigue is overwhelming fatigue that is not relieved by bed rest, and that if you suffer from chronic fatigue, you may function at a considerably lower level of activity than before the onset of your fatigue.
There are numerous supplements that have traditionally been used in boosting your energy levels and vanquishing your fatigue. According to Joseph E. Pizzorno Jr., a naturopathic doctor and author of "The Clinician's Handbook of Natural Medicine," commonly used dietary supplements for this purpose include ginseng, vitamins C and E and magnesium. Lecithin capsules, manganese and D-ribose are dietary supplements that may also be helpful in treating lack of energy. More research evidence in support of these supplements may be required.
Manganese is a dietary supplement that may be helpful in treating your fatigue or lack of energy. In her book "Prescription for Nutritional Healing," certified nutritional consultant Phyllis A. Balch states that manganese influences your metabolic rate by its involvement in your endocrine function. Manganese, notes Balch, is essential for people with iron-deficiency anemia -- a condition that commonly causes lack of energy. Manganese may also be necessary for protein and fat metabolism, blood sugar regulation and healthy nerve function.
Low energy is a common symptom and may be caused by numerous health problems. To help parse the cause of your low energy, visit a qualified health care professional. Your doctor can order any tests that may help provide you with an accurate diagnosis. Both complementary alternative and more conventional treatments may be helpful for this health problem, but avoid using supplements in place of other therapies suggested by your physician.
- National Institute of Mental Health: Decreased Energy
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Decreased Energy
- "The Clinician's Handbook of Natural Medicine"; Joseph E. Pizzorno, Jr., N.D.; 2002
- "Prescription for Nutritional Healing"; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC; 2010