"Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Reduces  Muscle Pain from Exercise

Eating Raw or Heated Ginger May Reduce Muscle Pain Caused By Eccentric Exercise

Reference: "Ginger (Zingiber officinale) Reduces Muscle Pain Caused by Eccentric Exercise," Black CD, O'Connor PJ, et al, J Pain. 2010 Apr 23; [Epub ahead of print].

(Address: Department of Kinesiology, Georgia College and State University, Milledgeville, Georgia, USA).

Summary: In two double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled studies involving 34 and 40 subjects, respectively, results indicate that daily consumption of raw and heat-treated ginger may alleviate muscle pain induced by eccentric exercise.

The participants were randomized to placebo and 2 g of raw ginger (study 1) or heated ginger (study 2) daily for 11 days. The subjects performed 18 eccentric actions of the elbow flexors to induce pain and inflammation.

24 hours post-exercise, subjects in the ginger groups showed significant pain reductions (23-25%) compared with subjects in the placebo groups. Thus, the authors conclude, "This study demonstrates that daily consumption of raw and heat-treated ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury.

Our findings agree with those showing hypoalgesic effects of ginger in osteoarthritis patients and further demonstrate ginger's effectiveness as a pain reliever."

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