Eating ginger can help ease muscle pain caused by heavy exercise, research suggests.
A daily dose of the spice can relieve the aches from sport, or even gardening and heavy housework, by as much as a quarter. For centuries, ginger root has been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments, such as colds and upset stomachs. And scientists have long known it has painkilling properties. But now it has been shown ginger is particularly good for staving off muscle pain.
Lead researcher Professor Patrick O’Connor, of the University of Georgia, said: ‘ Anything that can truly relieve this type of pain will be greatly welcomed by the many people who are experiencing it.’
Ginger has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect in rodents, but its effect on muscle pain in humans has never been properly studied. It is known to contain chemicals that work in a similar way to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Previous studies have shown it can be effective in relieving the pain of arthritis.