Pungent Root Reduced Soreness by 24%
Intense, post-workout pain can make it difficult to move -- much less maintain your normal exercise routine. Drug remedies, like COX-2 inhibitors bring their own set of risks (e.g., the now withdrawn Vioxx). Fortunately, new research is pointing to natural -- and even delicious alternatives, like ginger!
A study published in The Journal of Pain examined the impact of ginger intake on muscle soreness. A group of 54 young volunteers, both male and female, were given a daily dose of either ginger (1.4 teaspoons) or a placebo for one week prior to a bout of heavy weight lifting (bicep curls). When surveyed the next day, the ginger eaters reported 24% less pain compared to the control group.