Feeling tired not only makes you feel groggy and puts you in a bad mood, but can get in the way of everyday activities and impact your health. There are a number of reasons you may constantly feel tired – it could just be that you’re not getting enough sleep, or it could be a sign of a deficiency. If you experience other symptoms alongside tiredness and are worried you may have a vitamin or mineral deficiency, you should see a GP to get proper help. If you do have a deficiency, you may be advised to take supplements to boost your levels of whatever vitamin or mineral you are deficient in.
If you are just feeling tired due to lack of sleep, as well as getting more sleep you may wish to take supplements to boost your energy levels until you are feeling energised again.
Here are three of the best supplements to fight tiredness and fatigue.
Vitamin B12 is involved in making red blood cells and keeping the nervous system healthy, and also helps release energy from food.
A lack of vitamin B12 can lead to anaemia, which causes problems with the production of red blood cells.
One of the main symptoms vitamin B12 deficiency and anaemia is extreme tiredness and fatigue.
Vitamin B12’s role in releasing energy from food is also important, as this helps you to burn energy and feel awake.
Similar to vitamin B12, iron is a mineral which helps make red blood cells. A lack of iron can too lead to anaemia.
Good sources of iron include liver, meat, beans, nuts, dried fruit, wholegrains and dark green leafy vegetables.
Men over the age of 18 are advised to get 8.7mg of iron a day, which is the same for women over the age of 50. Women aged between 19 to 50 are advised to get 14.8g per day.
Melatonin is a natural hormone that regulates wakefulness. It is often prescribed as a medicine for people who have trouble sleeping.
Melatonin is produced and released depending on the time of day – with levels rising in the evening to prepare you for sleep and falling in the morning as you wake up.
According to medical website Healthline, melatonin supplements have been shown to improve concentration and energy while reducing fatigue in people with chronic fatigue syndrome.
“Supplementing with melatonin may be an effective way to alleviate insomnia by helping improve alertness and decrease fatigue,” said Healthline.