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Ginger may reduce exercise induced pain

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Ginger may serve as a natural painkiller to help relieve exercise-induced muscle pain, according to a new study in the Journal of Pain.

The study led by Chris Black, PhD, from Georgia College and State University and colleagues showed pain 24 after exercising can be reduced by up to 25 percent.

The researchers tested both raw ginger and cooked ginger at a dose of two grams a day in athletes for 11 days in the double-blind, placebo controlled, randomized trial.

Supplementation of raw and heat-treated ginger reduced the muscle-pain intensity 24 hours after exercise by 25 and 23 percent respectively, Dr. Black and colleagues found.

The researchers speculated that antioxidants like gingerols, shogaols, zingerones and other ketone derivatives in ginger may play a role in the pain-relieving effect.

These antioxidants have been known to protect against certain inflammatory compounds.

Ginger has already found an application in pregnant women, who are often advised to take some ginger to overcome morning nausea.  But previous studies have suggested that ginger may pose some toxic effect on pregnant women.


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