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Ginger, Muscle pain & Exercise

January 14, 2012

I am out on the bike tomorrow morning and its cold.  So, I am planning to take a UP&GO infusion beforehand to help keep me warm.  After exercise I normally take a CALM&RELAX infusion.  Both these infusions contain GINGER.  Ginger has been in the medical research news recently because it can help to reduce pain.

In the first study highlighted researchers demonstrated that daily consumption of raw and heat-treated ginger resulted in moderate-to-large reductions in muscle pain following exercise-induced muscle injury. These findings concur with pain reducing effects of ginger in osteoarthritis patients.

The second study was also performed on people exercising.  In conclusion, ginger does not attenuate eccentric exercise-induced muscle pain however, ginger may attenuate the day-to-day progression of muscle pain.  Thus Ginger may be more useful in endurance athletes or athletes who are performing intense work outs day after day to train for a specific event.

Ginger is used in Ayurvedic medicine to reduce inflammation and treat arthritis. It is often combined with boswellia, ashwaganda and turmeric to make a potent pain reliever for swollen joints, says the University of Michigan Health Systems. Additionally, ginger possesses properties of a Cox-2 pain inhibitor, reports the University of Maryland Medical Center. Cox-2 is a compound that causes inflammation, pain and swelling throughout the body.” Livestrong

One Comment leave one →
  1. January 14, 2012 7:58 pm

    Interesting read… I had sme back pain a couple weeks back


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