Effects of a commercial supplement of ophiocordyceps sinensis and ganoderma lucidum on physiological responses to maximal exercise in healthy young participants

Sharon Tsuk, Yarden Har Lev, Arie Rotstein, Aviva Zeev, Refael Carasso, Gilit Steiner

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Abstract

Cordyceps sinensis (=Ophiocordyceps sinensis) and Ganoderma lucidum are 2 medicinal mushrooms that have been suggested to have the potential to enhance exercise capacity. We used a commercial supplement combining a traditional Chinese medicine and G. lucidum and tested its effects on human physical, aerobic, and anaerobic capacities. Physical education students (n = 96; 43 women, 53 men; mean ± standard deviation age, 26.3 ± 3.21 years) were randomly divided into 3 groups: low-dose treatment, high-dose treatment, and placebo. Participants received the supplement or the placebo for 28-33 days. Both before and after the intervention, the participants performed a graded maximum oxygen consumption (Vo2max) test on a treadmill and a Wingate anaerobic cycle test (on a different day). The following parameters were measured and recorded during the maximal graded treadmill test: heart rate, oxygen consumption, respiratory exchange ratio, and ventilation. The following parameters were calculated from the Wingate anaerobic cycle test: maximal anaerobic power, mean anaerobic power, and fatigue index. The supplements did not affect Vo2max or the physiological responses upon maximal exercise during the graded treadmill test. In a similar way, they had no effect on peak or mean power, or fatigue index, as measured by the Wingate anaerobic test. A borderline interaction indicated a somewhat lower heart rate at rest after treatment; however, post hoc analysis did not reveal any further statistically significant differences (P = 0.047; F = 3.169). The findings indicate that dual supplementation with C. sinensis and G. lucidum had no effect on Vo2max, on physiological responses at peak exercise load during a graded maximal treadmill test, or on the parameters of anaerobic capacity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-367
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
Volume20
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Cordyceps sinensis
  • Ganoderma lucidum
  • Medicinal mushrooms
  • Ophiocordyceps sinensis
  • Physical fitness
  • Vomax
  • Wingate test

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