Chronic Fatigue Syndrome information sources

Although many other sources were consulted, and CFS/ME research was read, there is little research that actually provided good evidence for diet intervention or nutrition supplementation in CFS/ME. That is not to say that there is no role for diet, just that as yet there is no evidence to support or even define an appropriate evidence based intervention.

Currently the best evidence based advice is that of achieving a healthy diet and managing symptoms.


Institute of Medicine. Beyond Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: Redefining an Illness. Washington, DC, USA: National Academies Press; 2015.

NICE. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (or encephalopathy): Diagnosis and Management of CFS/ME in Adults and Children (NICE guidelines CG53) London: 2007. p. CG53.

Carruthers BM, van de Sande MI, De Meirleir KL, et al. Myalgic encephalomyelitis: International Consensus Criteria. Journal of Internal Medicine. 2011;270(4):327-338. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2796.2011.02428.x.

BDA, Manual of Dietetic Practice 5th ed, 2014, Wiley and Sons, West Sussex

PHE 2016 Eatwell guide. Accessible at www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-eatwell-guide

SACN. Carbohydrates and Health. 2015. London TSO. Accessed at: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/445503/SACN_Carbohydrates_and_Health.pdf


National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (2008) CG61 Irritable bowel syndrome in adults: Diagnosis and management of irritable bowel syndrome in primary care. Updated Feb 2015 Available at http://www.nice.org.uk/guidance/cg61

Lomer, M, McKenzie,Y et al (2010) The Dietetic Management of Irritable Bowel Syndrome in Adults, BDA Gastroenterology Group Clinical Guideline Birmingham: BDA

Campagnolo N, Johnston S, Collatz A, Staines D, Marshall‐Gradisnik S. Dietary and nutrition interventions for the therapeutic treatment of chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis: a systematic review. Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics. 2017;30(3):247-259. doi:10.1111/jhn.12435.


Corresponds with the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Food Fact Sheet Written by Sue Luscombe, Dietitian and Dr Michelle Dobrota-Gibbs, Dietitian. © BDA May 2018. Review date May 2021.