Ginger – The Soreness Reliever

Ginger is a natural way to alleviate muscle soreness.  There was a study published in the “Journal of Pain” publication.  They gave volunteers 2 grams of raw or cooked ginger and gave the one group a placebo pill daily for 11 days.

On the eighth day, they were asked to perform strenuous exercise like weight lifting with one arm.

Twenty-four hours after their workout, both ginger groups reported they had 25% less muscle pain than the placebo group.

This study shows that consuming ginger is as effective as traditional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin or Advil/Motrin/Aleve.

Ginger works by blocking the enzymes involved in inflammation and can even de-sensitize certain pain receptors in the body.

It is recommended to consume 2-3 teaspoons of grated or ground ginger or 1,000-2,000 mg. of ginger extract for a couple of days before you know you will  be doing a strenuous workout activity.

Don’t forget that ginger is an excellent anti-nausea herb as well, and can be used for pregnancy nausea as well as motion sickness or gastro induced nausea too.

Ginger tea or ginger candied naturally in a package from the health food store are other sources to use.