Supplements – Myth or Miracle Cure?


In this leaflet, we discuss how people with M.E. might resort to supplements in the hope that the marketing hype will lead to symptom improvement or even cure. Are such claims credible? What is the scientific evidence to support them?

“Those who suffer with overwhelming fatigue and many other symptoms of M.E. are understandably keen to find a cure, often willing to pursue any ray of hope, whatever the cost.

“Many people try nutritional supplements but is there evidence that these work and what are the risks involved? The constant bombardment of messages about nutrition and health through the media, the internet, advertising, well-meaning friends and so called ‘experts’ begs the question ‘who and what should we believe?’

In this leaflet registered dietitian Deborah Lycett talks about trust and finding a person whose opinions might be considered credible. She also discusses scientific evidence, helps to determine reasonable products from snake oil, and looks more closely at popular supplements.

Telephone Helpline

The ME Association telephone helpline – ME Connect – is available every day of the year, during the hours of 10am-12noon, 2pm-4pm and 7pm-9pm. Please phone: 0344 576 5326 if you have any questions or would simply like to talk to someone who is there to listen.

Please note this leaflet is a download. You can read it on-screen and save to your computer, phone or other device and can attach it to any email you might need to send. But you will need access to a printer if you wish it printed.


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