Eating Ginger Reduces Muscle Pain and Soreness

It is well known that ginger can soothe an upset stomach ache. But recently, scientists have found that its soothing effects can also extend to sore muscles.

Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds and volatile oils called gingerols that have analgesic and sedative effects. A study found that ginger can reduce exercise-induced muscle pain by about 25 percent one full day hours after a workout.

According to the New York Times:

"... [G]inger appeared to have no effect shortly after ingestion. But it was associated with less soreness the following day, leading the researchers to conclude that ginger may help 'attenuate the day-to-day progression of muscle pain.'"

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