When Low Energy Is A Problem
Millions of people worldwide suffer from fatigue. Feeling tired after a night of bad sleep can be normal, but if the problem persists other factors may be at play. If ongoing fatigue starts to interfere with everyday life, the root cause of tiredness should be investigated further. When a person is experiencing low energy levels, natural vitamins and supplements may provide the necessary boost in mental and physical vitality.
Why am I fatigued?
Everyone feels tired from time to time. Fatigue can be caused by several factors, from the common cold to an underlying health condition. Chronic fatigue can be caused by a lack of sleep, nutrient deficiencies, stress, certain medical conditions, dietary imbalances, excessive caffeine intake, poor hydration, obesity, a sedentary lifestyle, drug and alcohol abuse, and many more factors. Natural supplements may correct imbalances and deficiencies in the body.
Indian Ayurveda is an ancient form of medical care based on a holistic physical and mental approach. Ashwagandha is an Ayurvedic medicinal herb used to promote longevity and vitality. Studies have shown the herb may reduce anxiety, stress, and fatigue compared to a placebo, and lower cortisol levels associated with stress responses. Beyond the effects on stress and mental fatigue, ashwagandha may also reduce fatigue from physical exercise.
2. Vitamin B12
Cobalamin, also known as vitamin B12, can be found in animal foods and is used to form red blood cells and assist in brain and nerve cell function. Unhealthy blood and nerve cells can cause anemia and make individuals feel tired and weak. Vitamin B12 binds to the protein in foods, stimulating cell energy production. Seniors, vegans, and people with gastrointestinal disorders may benefit from a B12 supplement.
As a naturally produced antioxidant, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) comes in ubiquinone and ubiquinol forms. Cells use CoQ10 to produce energy and for protection from oxidative damage. Low CoQ10 levels, found in people with heart issues, some cancers, and type 2 diabetes, can translate to low energy levels and fatigue. CoQ10 supplements provide high concentrations compared to fish, nuts, and meat.
Should I take anything else?
Beyond the supplements listed above, individuals can explore a wide range of vitamins and herbs to fight off fatigue. Iron, a protein used to transport oxygen in red blood cells, can cause fatigue and weakness when not enough is available to carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. An iron supplement can offset a deficiency. For people with insomnia, melatonin is a natural hormone shown to improve energy and concentration.
Balancing energy with natural supplements
When a balanced diet, plenty of sleep, and regular exercise are not enough to boost energy levels, natural supplements and vitamins can reduce mental and physical fatigue. Although energy-boosting supplements are generally safe, individuals should always check with a healthcare provider to determine if the supplements are acceptable to use.