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Researchers Demonstrate Ginger’s Pain Relieving Abilities

April 26, 2010: 05:33 AM EST
Two studies by U.S. researchers have found that daily ginger consumption eases exercise-induced muscle pain. The research looked at the effects of 11 days of supplementation on muscle pain in two groups of volunteers who ingested capsules containing two grams of either raw or heated ginger or a placebo. Arm function, inflammation, pain and a biochemical involved in pain were measured before and after study participants performed 18 extensions of the elbow flexors with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Both studies found that the daily ginger supplement reduced exercise-induced pain by 25 percent. Heat-treating the ginger, however, did not enhance the effect.
Christopher D. Black*, Matthew P. Herring†, David J. Hurley‡, Patrick J. O'Connor†, "Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Reduces Muscle Pain Caused by Eccentric Exercise", Journal of Pain, April 26, 2010, © American Pain Society. Published by Elsevier Inc.
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