Ginger reduces muscle pain caused by eccentric exercise

A double-blind placebo-controlled randomised test has found that daily consumption of raw and heat-treated ginger (Zingiber officinale) results in moderate-to-large reduction of muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury.

The two identical studies on raw or heat-treated ginger, carried out by the University of Georgia, were carried out over 11 days. The participants performed repetitive eccentric actions to induce pain and imflammation, and assessment of pain intensity, perceived effort and other factors was taken prior to and for three days after exercise.

The results showed ingestion of raw and heat-treated ginger reduced pain 24 hours after exercise, compared to placebo.

Source: The Journal of Pain,

First Published in September 2010

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