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Ganoderma lucidum Effects on Mood and Health-Related Quality of Life in Women with Fibromyalgia

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Health Economy Motricity and Education (HEME), Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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Physical Activity and Quality of Life Research Group (AFYCAV), Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, 10003 Cáceres, Spain
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Facultad de Administración y Negocios, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, 3467987 Sede Talca, Chile
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Centre for Sport Studies, Rey Juan Carlos University, 28943 Madrid, Spain
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Healthcare 2020, 8(4), 520; https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040520
Received: 29 October 2020 / Revised: 20 November 2020 / Accepted: 25 November 2020 / Published: 30 November 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Women Health)
Fibromyalgia syndrome is a chronic rheumatic disorder characterized by generalized and widespread musculoskeletal pain. It is associated with several secondary symptoms such as psychological and pain-specific distress, which can directly impact daily functioning and quality of life, like anxiety and depression. The Ganoderma lucidum (GL) mushroom seems to be able to improve fibromyalgia symptoms, including depression and pain. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the effects of GL on happiness, depression, satisfaction with life, and health-related quality of life in women with fibromyalgia. A double-blind, randomized placebo pilot trial was carried out, with one group taking 6 g/day of micro-milled GL carpophores for 6 weeks, during which the second group took a placebo. Our results did not show any statistically significant between-group differences, although a distinct trend of improved levels of happiness and satisfaction with life and reduced depression were evident at the end of treatment compared to the baseline in the GL group. However, due to the limitations of the study protocol, additional studies are necessary to confirm these findings. View Full-Text
Keywords: complementary and alternative medicine; happiness; depression; satisfaction with life; global impression of improvement; experimental study complementary and alternative medicine; happiness; depression; satisfaction with life; global impression of improvement; experimental study
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Pazzi, F.; Adsuar, J.C.; Domínguez-Muñoz, F.J.; García-Gordillo, M.A.; Gusi, N.; Collado-Mateo, D. Ganoderma lucidum Effects on Mood and Health-Related Quality of Life in Women with Fibromyalgia. Healthcare 2020, 8, 520. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040520

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Pazzi F, Adsuar JC, Domínguez-Muñoz FJ, García-Gordillo MA, Gusi N, Collado-Mateo D. Ganoderma lucidum Effects on Mood and Health-Related Quality of Life in Women with Fibromyalgia. Healthcare. 2020; 8(4):520. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040520

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Pazzi, Francesco, José Carmelo Adsuar, Francisco Javier Domínguez-Muñoz, Miguel Angel García-Gordillo, Narcis Gusi, and Daniel Collado-Mateo. 2020. "Ganoderma lucidum Effects on Mood and Health-Related Quality of Life in Women with Fibromyalgia" Healthcare 8, no. 4: 520. https://doi.org/10.3390/healthcare8040520

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