French Oak Wood And Chronic Fatigue
Are you tired? Not feeling as vibrant as you could?
You’re not alone. Almost all of my patients say they could use more energy. In fact, fatigue is often their primary complaint.
Chronic fatigue is real, potentially debilitating, and has the capacity to destroy everything from careers to relationships. That’s why I’m so happy about a promising development in the fight against fatigue.
I’m talking about a new supplement called Robuvit.
Not only does Robuvit contain ingredients that have been shown in studies to help fight both everyday and chronic fatigue, but it can do so much more.
Studies show Robuvit can improve your mood and reduce your allergy symptoms. And it’s a powerful detoxifier that supports your liver and lymphatic system. It can even increase sperm count and restore erectile function.
Bottom line: This supplement has something for everyone. And it’s all been clinically documented. Just take a look…
More ways tree bark can improve your health
Robuvit is a patented, all-natural extract from French oak trees. Specifically, it comes from oak trees called Quercus robur, which are grown sustainably in France’s Massif Central forests.
These oak trees are standardized to contain at least 20 percent roburins—a type of flavonoid. Humans have been exposed to roburins for centuries from wine and spirits that matured in oak wood barrels.
Researchers think roburins might actually change the function of ribosomes, our bodies’ cellular protein factories. Ribosomes help our cells produce energy. So that’s a big reason why Robuvit is so good at fighting fatigue.
Robuvit is manufactured by the same company that brought us one of my all-time favorite supplements, Pycnogenol (which also comes from the bark of a tree—the French maritime pine). So of course, that means there’s plenty of science to back Robuvit, just as there is with Pycnogenol. In fact, there are already a dozen published studies on Robuvit.
Let’s start with the research that shows how effective Robuvit is at reducing fatigue and giving you more energy.
A ray of hope for one of medicine’s most baffling conditions
As I said above, if you’re tired, you’re certainly not alone. The majority of Americans report feeling fatigued, and about 1 million have chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
CFS can affect every ethnicity, gender, or socioeconomic group. But women are four times more likely than men to suffer from this debilitating disease.
Unfortunately, as I’ve said before, mainstream medicine has little to offer for CFS. In fact, most conventional doctors don’t even believe CFS exists. If you think you have the disease, they’re still likely to consider you a “nut.” Even despite the new guidelines established earlier this year by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), which finally classified CFS as a real disease.
But in the world of complementary medicine, we’ve always taken this condition seriously. And the list of symptoms is a very familiar one to me and my colleagues. Along with persistent fatigue, primary symptoms include loss of memory or concentration, sore throat, enlarged lymph nodes in the neck or armpits, muscle pain, headache, unsatisfying sleep, and extreme exhaustion.
Many patients may also experience secondary symptoms like brain fog; difficulty maintaining an upright position; dizziness; balance problems; allergies or sensitivities to foods, odors, chemicals, medications, or noise; irritable bowel; chills and night sweats; visual disturbances (sensitivity to light, blurring, eye pain); and depression, irritability, mood swings, anxiety, or panic attacks.
But Robuvit can help fight this awful disease and all of its complications. And fatigue in general.
Combatting CFS at the cellular level
In one new study of older people without CFS, after just four weeks of taking 300 mg of Robuvit per day, the participants had a 25 percent improvement in general fatigue. They also had less tiredness and tension. And a significant improvement in energy levels and positive mental state—without side effects.
Another study involving 80 people (38 with CFS and 42 controls) showed that CFS symptoms improved after four weeks of taking 300 mg a day of Robuvit. The roburins were found to reduce plasma free radicals and oxidative stress in the study participants. Oxidative stress is associated with CFS, which is one of the main reasons Robuvit is so effective for this disease. That and the fact that it increases bioavailability of antioxidants.
Finally, a 2014 study conducted on 91 people with at least five primary CFS symptoms found that six months of supplementation with Robuvit (200 mg a day) had significant effects on the following symptoms:
18 percent less weakness and exhaustion
29 percent reduction in short-term memory impairment
51 percent reduction in joint pain
33 percent fewer headaches
38 percent reduction in dizziness
40 percent less weight fluctuation
Robuvit for mood swings, allergies, cardiovascular disease, and more
If all Robuvit could do was reduce your fatigue, that would be impressive enough. But this amazing supplement can do so much more. Here’s what the science says.
Mood improvements. In the study I just mentioned, researchers gave 91 people who took Robuvit or a placebo a standardized mood questionnaire.
The Robuvit group had significant increases in their scores on “positive” words like active, happy, caring, calm, and loving. And they had significant reductions in “negative” words like gloomy, fed-up, grouchy, sad, or tired.
In fact, the overall mood score of the Robuvit group rose from -6.9 at the beginning of the study to a whopping +4.3 at the end of the study, six months later. But the placebo group’s mood only improved from -6.5 to -3.4.
Allergies. In a 2013 study, 16 women took 300 mg of Robuvit daily for three days, and 14 women took a placebo. Then they all got a shot of histamine.
Histamines cause many of the common allergy symptoms, like runny noses and itchy skin. There’s some evidence that people with chronic fatigue may have extra sensitivity to histamines, and thus more allergic reactions.
After the women got the histamine shot, the researchers measured the red, itchy bump on the skin that the histamine caused. In the Robuvit group, the size of the bump and red area was substantially smaller than the placebo group. That led researchers to conclude that Robuvit may be effective in fighting histamine-related allergic responses.
Cardiovascular disease. One small study showed that Robuvit reduced homocysteine levels. Elevated levels of this amino acid have been associated with heart disease, stroke, and blood clots.
Liver health and detox. The liver is one of the most important organs in your body. It helps regulate blood sugar, proteins, and fat in the bloodstream and plays a key role in removing toxins from our blood. It also processes nutrients from the food we eat, produces cholesterol and albumin (an important protein), and breaks down alcohol.
That’s why it’s crucial to take care of your liver. And recent research shows that Robuvit is a key way to do it. Researchers found that Robuvit helps normalize elevated liver enzymes and increase albumin levels, which helps reduce liver injury.
Leg swelling. The lymphatic system removes fluid from tissues and transports white blood cells into the bones. When it’s malfunctioning, you can get lymphedema—fluid retention and tissue swelling. This often occurs after surgery when lymph nodes have been removed, and is close to impossible to treat.
But in a recent study, 65 people who took 300 mg of Robuvit daily for eight weeks had 15 percent less swelling in their legs. And the group that took 600 mg of Robuvit had 19 percent less swelling. Both groups also had significant reduction in other symptoms of lymphedema.
What’s exciting about this finding is that given enough research, Robuvit could prove to be the answer to diabetic peripheral neuropathy and even restless leg syndrome—both of which have no good treatment options in traditional medicine.
Erectile function and sperm counts. One new study shows that a combination of Pycnogenol, Robuvit, and two amino acids actually restored erectile function to normal in just four weeks. (Take that, little blue pill.) And another study showed that after four weeks of taking the same combo, sperm volume and counts improved.
I could go on and on about this incredible new supplement, and I can’t wait to see the new studies that I know will continue to pour out. In the meantime, I am just so pleased that I’m able to introduce Robuvit, and its many amazing properties, to you. I look forward to hearing about your experiences with it.