Vitamin C for Fatigue

Published: August 9, 2012

Korean researchers studied 141 healthy office workers aged 20 to 49 who didn't have any diseases — but who were fatigued. Addressing them with IV vitamin C helped restore their energy.

The researchers divided the workers into two groups. One group received an intravenous therapy of 10 grams of vitamin C and the other didn't. Two hours later, the folks getting C felt a lot more energetic, and they also were less fatigued the next day. The non-C group didn't notice any difference. The people who got the most benefit from vitamin C were those who had the lowest blood levels of vitamin C before the therapy.

"Intravenous vitamin C may be a safe and effective treatment for fatigue," the researchers concluded in Nutrition Journal.

I would add that vitamin C is a safe and effective therapy — it's one of the standard IV nutrients given to patients at the Fibro and Fatigue Centers.


Suh SY, Bae WK, et al, Nutrition Journal, 2012 Jan 20; 11(1):7.

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD

is one of the world's leading integrative medical authorities on fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. He is the lead author of eight research studies on their effective treatments, and has published numerous health & wellness books, including the bestseller on fibromyalgia From Fatigued to Fantastic! and The Fatigue and Fibromyalgia Solution. His newest book (June 10, 2024) is You Can Heal From Long COVID. Dr. Teitelbaum is one of the most frequently quoted fibromyalgia experts in the world and appears often as a guest on news and talk shows nationwide including Good Morning America, The Dr. Oz Show, Oprah & Friends, CNN, and Fox News Health.

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