Raw ginger can ease muscle pain after exercise

October 5th, 2010 - 2:30 pm ICT by IANS  

London, Oct 5 (IANS) Ginger can help ease muscle pain caused by exercise.

Taking a small amount of the tuber daily reduces the strain on muscles after a workout, says a new study.

Ginger has long been used as a remedy for nausea, but recent research has suggested it has other powerful properties.

One lab study showed powdered ginger could kill ovarian cancer cells, reports the Daily Mail.

In the latest experiments, American scientists gave participants two grams of raw ginger, or a similar amount of heat-treated ginger as some evidence shows heat treatment boosts the spice’s potency for 11 days.

A third group was given a placebo. They were then put through a series of testing arm exercises, according to the Journal of Pain.

The results showed that 24 hours after exercise, pain levels in the raw ginger-eating group were 25 percent lower than those on the placebo.

And in the heat-treated group, pain levels were 23 percent lower.

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