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International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms
IF: 1.423 5-Year IF: 1.525 SJR: 0.431 SNIP: 0.661 CiteScore™: 1.38

ISSN Print: 1521-9437
ISSN Online: 1940-4344

International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms

DOI: 10.1615/IntJMedMushrooms.2017024386
pages 759-766

Royal Sun Culinary-Medicinal Mushroom, Agaricus brasiliensis (Agaricomycetes), Supplement in Training Capacity Improvement Parameters

Flávio F. Silva
Nutrition Science Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Graduate Program in Vertebrate Biology, Biological and Health Institute, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Guilherme A. C. de Oliveira
Physical Education Department, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Hugo C. Martins Costa
Graduate Program in Nutrition and Health, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Wiliam C.B. Regis
Graduate Program in Vertebrate Biology, Biological and Health Institute, Pontifical Catholic University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Graduate Program in Nutrition and Health, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Graduate Program in Tropical Medicine and Infectology, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

ABSTRACT

People seek a greater quality of life and healthy aging that culminates in improved self-esteem and vitality in the performance of daily activities; this is generating a growing number of people enrolled in gyms in search of quick results. However, this training can result in physical and metabolic damage. During physical exercise, under conditions of oxidative stress, changes take place that lead to the onset of fatigue. The Agaricus brasiliensis mushroom is native to Brazil and has therapeutic potential, with widely studied antioxidant and immunomodulatory capabilities. However, little is known about its potential benefits regarding muscular strength. Therefore, this study evaluated the possible effects of supplementation with this mushroom with respect to strength performance before and after a resistance training session. A blinded randomized trial was performed with male volunteers (n = 5) randomly divided into 2 groups (placebo and treatment with A. brasiliensis). Perceptions of muscle soreness and performance were assessed before and after high-intensity resistance training sessions. The study was executed over a 24-day period. Promising results were found related to intrasession rapid strength, most likely a result of antioxidant action and redox balance. The bioactive compounds in A. brasiliensis revealed the potential to improve conditions of muscle fatigue without altering other parameters. Thus, this mushroom has become a target of great expectations in the fields of fitness and athletics.