Ginger may reduce muscle soreness after exercise
Muscles often are sore after endurance training, but taking over-the-counter pain medication (analgesics) can produce serious side effects. In this study, 20 college students took 2,200 mg of ginger per day, or a placebo, for three days before, the day of, and the day after a 20 to 22 mile run on a university marathon course.

Participants compared muscle soreness after the marathon to their typical muscle soreness from jogging before the study. The placebo group ranked muscle soreness at 62 after marathon compared to 21.5 for jogging; the ginger group scored 37 and 9, a 40 percent lower level of muscle soreness. Doctors said ginger may reduce the activity of inflammatory enzymes, helping to decrease muscle soreness.

Reference: International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training; 2015, Vol. 20, No. 6, 44-50.
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