Fatigue reduction diet
The Fatigue Reduction Diet or FRD was developed for cancer-related fatigue in 2014. It is not widely used and there are no studies on the effects of the FRD on patients with ME/CFS. The Fatigue Reduction Diet is a healthy, balanced diet that contains high levels of fruit, vegetables, whole grains, and omega 3 fatty acid-rich foods (for example fish, nuts and seeds), and low overall fat and high fiber.
Following the Fatigue Reduction Diet lead patients to increase their intake of:
- Leafy green vegetables
- Yellow/orange vegetables
- Nuts and seeds
- Whole grains
Theory[edit | edit source]
The FRD is regarded as an anti-inflammatory diet, and inflammation has been found in ME/CFS patients, including neuroinflammation in parts of the brain. It is also rich in antioxidants, which may be beneficial.
Evidence[edit | edit source]
The FRD was originally tested with a 3 month pilot study of just 15 fatigued breast cancer survivors, with an average age of early 60s, all of which had low fruit and vegetable intake, and none of which had fatigue caused by ME/CFS or other illness. The Fatigue Reduction Diet was compared to a to more general healthy balanced diet and was found to improve sleep and reduce fatigue in the cancer survivors.
There are no studies on the effects of the FRD on patients with ME/CFS.
Risks and safety[edit | edit source]
Largely unknown for ME/CFS patients.
Costs and availability[edit | edit source]
Foods are widely available and relatively affordable for most people.
See also[edit | edit source]
- Anti-inflammatory diets
- Healthy, balanced diet
- Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)
- Omega 3 fatty acid hypothesis
Notable studies[edit | edit source]
- 2016, Fatigue reduction diet in breast cancer survivors: a pilot randomized clinical trial - (Full text)
- 2019, Anti-Inflammatory Diets and Fatigue - (Full text)
- 2019, Multidimensional Comparison of Cancer-Related Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Role of Psychophysiological Markers(Full text)
Learn more[edit | edit source]
- Fatigue Reduction Diet in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial - Summary presentation
References[edit | edit source]
- Zick, Suzanna Maria; Colacino, Justin; Cornellier, Maria; Khabir, Tohfa; Surnow, Katie; Djuric, Zora (January 2017). "Fatigue reduction diet in breast cancer survivors: a pilot randomized clinical trial". Breast cancer research and treatment. 161 (2): 299–310. doi:10.1007/s10549-016-4070-y. ISSN 0167-6806. PMC 5480210. PMID 27913933.
- Zich, Susanna. "Fatigue Reduction Diet in Breast Cancer Survivors: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial" (PDF). Department of Family Medicine UMHS. Retrieved December 28, 2021.
- Haß, Ulrike; Herpich, Catrin; Norman, Kristina (September 30, 2019). "Anti-Inflammatory Diets and Fatigue". Nutrients. 11 (10): 2315. doi:10.3390/nu11102315. ISSN 2072-6643. PMC 6835556. PMID 31574939.
- Park, Hye Youn; Jeon, Hong Jun; Bang, Young Rong; Yoon, In-Young (January 2019). "Multidimensional Comparison of Cancer-Related Fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: The Role of Psychophysiological Markers". Psychiatry Investigation. 16 (1): 71–79. doi:10.30773/pi.2018.10.26. ISSN 1738-3684. PMC 6354035. PMID 30605994.