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GANODERMA LUCIDUM IMPROVES PHYSICAL FITNESS IN WOMEN WITH FIBROMYALGIA.
INTRODUCTIONfibromyalgia is a chronic disease characterized by generalized pain, stiffness, poor physical conditioning, non-restorative sleep and poor health-related quality of life. Ganoderma lucidum a type of mushroom that has demonstrated several benefits in different populations. Ceratonia siliqua is a natural therapy rich in antioxidants with potential benefits on health.
OBJECTIVEto evaluate the effects of 6-week treatment of Ganoderma lucidum and Ceratonia siliqua on physical fitness in patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
METHODSsixty-four women with fibromyalgia participated in the study. They took 6 g of Ganoderma lucidum or Ceratonia siliqua per day for 6 weeks. Different fitness tests were selected in order to evaluate functional capacity.
RESULTSafter the 6-week treatment period, Ganoderma lucidum significantly improved aerobic endurance, lower body flexibility, and velocity (p < .05). No significant improvement in any physical test was observed in the Ceratonia siliqua group.
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSIONGanoderma lucidum may improve physical fitness in women with fibromyalgia, whereas, Ceratonia siliqua seemed to be ineffective at increasing physical fitness. These results may indicate that Ganoderma lucidum might be a useful dietary supplement to enhance physical performance of the patients suffering from fibromyalgia.
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Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. firstname.lastname@example.org.,
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. email@example.com.,
Instituto de Actividad Física y Salud, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Chile.. firstname.lastname@example.org.,
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. email@example.com.
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pub Type(s)Journal Article
Randomized Controlled Trial
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't