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Living with ME/CFS: Sourcing cheap supplements

For a number of perfectly legitimate reasons—restricted mobility, limited finances and a lack of mainstream treatment options—many me/cfs patients are forced to consider alternatives for symptom relief.

For some, the growing availability, accessibility and affordability of vitamin and herbal supplements on the internet is an attractive option, with the rider that the efficacy and safety of most supplements will vary from patient to patient.

ME/CFS Roadmap, an extensive resource on diagnosing and treating me/cfs has some useful tips for patients wishing to go down this road.

Suppliers like iHerb, Prohealth, Vitacost, or HealthMonthly are well-known for their very low prices. eBay also usually has excellent supplement prices.

In Australia, delivery from overseas suppliers can often be faster than from local suppliers and certainly cheaper – even when currency disparities are factored in.

Consider buying in bulk

Vitamin, herbal and amino acid supplements can be also obtained at very substantial discounts—€”around 5 times cheaper than the regular price—€”if you buy these in bulk powder form, rather than tablet or capsule form.

Supplements in powder form can be taken in a smoothie-type drink, or with a little water. Digital weighing scales, useful for measuring the powder dosage, can be bought for as little as $10.

Some bulk powder supplement suppliers include:

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FEATURE PHOTO: diet pills by tacit requiem (joanneQEscober)

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Written by Russell Logan


Russell Logan worked as a magazine publisher and editor until forced into early retirement through ill health with ME. He has battled with moderate to severe ME for 25 years. He now lives in Noosaville, Australia.

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