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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Research: Difference in Blood Levels of Vitamin E

By August 11, 2010

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Research Brief

New research out of Japan suggests that abnormal fluctuations in vitamin E levels are linked to symptom flares and remissions in chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS).

Researchers looked at vitamin E levels in serum (a fluid that can be extracted from blood) and found that they're lower overall in people with ME/CFS than in healthy controls. They also discovered that vitamin E levels are higher in ME/CFS patients during remission than when symptoms are more severe.

Vitamin E is an antioxidant, and researchers concluded that the fluctuating levels may be evidence that ME/CFS is linked to oxidative stress, and that an individual's current level of oxidative stress may be directly linked to symptom severity.

These findings are in line with several previous studies, which have lead some doctors to recommend anti-oxidant supplements for ME/CFS patients.

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August 11, 2010 at 11:21 pm
(1) LuvCavalierKCSs says:

This is very interesting but I wonder if it applies to all of us with CFIDS. My immunologist informed me that I have “hyper” active T-cells. He recommended I avoid vitamin E and other T-cell stimulants. What’s the exact name of this blood test? I would be very interested to know how this applies to me and others like me.

August 12, 2010 at 12:11 am
(2) Adrienne Dellwo says:

The researchers tested serum levels of vitamin E. If you click on “New research” in the first line above, you can learn more about the specific methods.

Most people with ME/CFS have low T-cell levels, so yours sound like they’re definitely out of the norm for people with the condition.


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