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A review on Ficus deltoidea medicinal properties and its potential use as ergogenic aids in athletes


Yaacob, Azhar and Baharuldin, Mohamad Taufik Hidayat (2018) A review on Ficus deltoidea medicinal properties and its potential use as ergogenic aids in athletes. Pertanika Journal of Scholarly Research Reviews, 4 (2). pp. 18-28. ISSN 2462-2028


Ergogenic aids usage by athletes is a common scenario that can be seen in any level of athletes and any types of sports nowadays. Ergogenic aids can range from drugs, food, hormone, mechanical aid and herbs. Traditionally, ergogenic aids can be classified into categories namely: physiological, psychological, mechanical, pharmacological and nutrition. Despite all these classification, all ergogenic aids had one common purpose, which is to improve physical performance. Herbs consumption as ergogenic aids had been practiced since years ago by athletes as either nutritional or pharmacological aids. Using herbs as physical performance booster has gained popularity since it was claimed safer and natural. One of local herb that gets attention as energy booster is Ficus deltoidea (Mas Cotek). Ficus deltoidea had been used traditionally to restore energy. Few studies had reveal that Ficus deltoidea had medicinal properties such anti-nociceptive, antioxidant, wound healing enhancer and blood glucose regulation properties. There is no direct study on Ficus deltoidea as energy booster or ergogenic aids, but this medicinal value might be beneficial to increase athlete’s physical performance. Ergogenic aids, especially those that been produce using herbs, rarely have scientific evidence to determine its effectiveness, safety, dosage and mechanism of action. Ergogenic aids were normally marketed with claims and report as their reference, not scientific evidence. The most frequent claim used by traders is that ergogenic aids can increase and sustain body’s energy. This review will discuss on how ergogenic aids might help athletes to increase their physical performance and possibility of using Ficus deltoidea as ergogenic aids based on its medicinal properties.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Science
Sport Academy
Publisher: Universiti Putra Malaysia Press
Keywords: Energy booster; Ergogenic aids; Ficus deltoidea
Depositing User: Nabilah Mustapa
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2019 06:49
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2019 06:49
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/66220
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