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Effects of exercise on serotonin in Fibromyalgia
Monday 3 March 2014
Effects of Exercise on Serotonin in Fibromyalgia
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Effects of physical exercise on serum levels of serotonin and its metabolite in fibromyalgia: a randomized pilot study.
By Valéria Valim, et al.
To evaluate the effects of aerobic training and stretching on serum levels of serotonin (5HT) and its main metabolite 5-hydroxindolacetic acid (5HIAA).
Twenty-two women with FM were randomized into one of two exercise modalities (aerobic walking exercise or stretching exercise) to be accomplished three times a week for 20 weeks. The serum levels of 5HT and 5HIAA were evaluated before and after the exercise program by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with colorimetric detection.
Aerobic training increases the 5HIAA and 5HT levels and it could explain why aerobic exercise can improve symptoms in fibromyalgia syndrome patient more than stretching exercise.
Source: Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia, December 2013. By Valéria Valim, Jamil Natour, Yangming Xiao, Abraão Ferraz Alves Pereira, Beatriz Baptista da Cunha Lopes, Daniel Feldman Pollak, Eliana Zandonade and Irwin Jon Russell.
The above originally appeared here.
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