Ganoderma Lucidum Improves 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.

Ganoderma Lucidum Improves Physical Fitness

Ganoderma Lucidum Improves Physical Fitness in Women with Fibromyalgia

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.

Daniel Collado Mateo 1, Francesco Pazzi 2, Francisco J Domínguez Muñoz 3, Juan Pedro Martín Martínez 4, Pedro R Olivares 5, Narcis Gusi 6, José C Adsuar 4  Nutr Hosp. 2015 Nov 1;32(5):2126-35. doi: 10.3305/nh.2015.32.5.9601.