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Nutr Hosp. 2015 Nov 1;32(5):2126-35. doi: 10.3305/nh.2015.32.5.9601.

GANODERMA LUCIDUM IMPROVES PHYSICAL FITNESS IN WOMEN WITH FIBROMYALGIA.

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1
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. dcolladom@unex.es.
2
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. frapaz76@gmail.com.
3
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. fjavierdominguezm@gmail.com.
4
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. jpmartinm19@hotmail.com.
5
Instituto de Actividad Física y Salud, Universidad Autónoma de Chile, Chile.. jpmartinm19@hotmail.com.
6
Faculty of Sport Science, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.. carmelo.adsuar@gmail.com.

Abstract

in English, Spanish

INTRODUCTION:

fibromyalgia 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.

OBJECTIVE:

to evaluate the effects of 6-week treatment of Ganoderma lucidum and Ceratonia siliqua on physical fitness in patients suffering from fibromyalgia.

METHODS:

sixty-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.

RESULTS:

after 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 CONCLUSION:

Ganoderma 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.

PMID:
26545669
DOI:
10.3305/nh.2015.32.5.9601
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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