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Ginger may ease post-exercise aches

According to a new study published in The Journal of Pain, ginger may reduce the pain associated with muscle injury after exercising. The primary finding was that both raw and heat-treated ginger supplements reduced muscle pain intensity, 24 hours after exercise.

The ginger plant (Zingiber officinale) is a rich source of antioxidants, including gingerols and zingerones. Previous trials have shown that these antioxidant compounds can have anti-inflammatory effects, so the researchers deduced that ginger might also be effective for reducing pain in humans.

In order to test their theory, they recruited 74 volunteers and randomly assigned them to consume two grams of raw or heat-treated ginger supplements for 11 days in a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomised study. The subjects then performed 18 arm extensions with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm.

Arm function, inflammation and pain were assessed prior to, a....

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