Antioxidant levels significantly lower in fibromyalgia patients

sore-neckFibromyalgia is one of those challenging conditions that modern medicine has yet to find a definitive cause of or effective treatment for.  One theorized contributor is oxidative stress, also known as free radical damage.  A group of researchers set out to examine the balance of oxidants and antioxidants in women diagnosed with fibromyalgia compared to healthy women.  They evaluated 85 women with fibromyalgia and 80 healthy women matched in age, weight, and height.

After measuring the oxidant and antioxidant levels in all women, they found a clear correlation indicating that those with fibromyalgia had more free radicals and fewer antioxidants in their bodies.  The results don’t indicate whether the imbalance is a cause or an effect, but the researchers believe that it is very likely that free radicals are a contributing factor to the disease.

People with fibromyalgia can increase their antioxidant levels by eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables and  supplementing their diet with antioxidants.

Read the abstract from Rheumatology International

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