Monday, May 24, 2010

Daily Ginger Consumption Eases Muscle Pain by 25 Percent, Study Suggests

ScienceDaily (May 20, 2010) — For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments such as colds and upset stomachs. But now, researchers at the University of Georgia have found that daily ginger consumption also reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.

While ginger had been shown to exert anti-inflammatory effects in rodents, its effect on experimentally-induced human muscle pain was largely unexplored, said Patrick O'Connor, a professor in the College of Education's department of kinesiology. It was also believed that heating ginger, as occurs with cooking, might increase its pain-relieving effects.

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The studies showed that daily ginger supplementation reduced the exercise-induced pain by 25 percent, and the effect was not enhanced by heat-treating the ginger.

[Also, the effect does not appear to have been diminished by heat.
A problem with suppressing muscle pain caused by overuse is that it could lead to not giving the muscles a break when they need it; but that would be true of any pain reliever.]


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