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Saturday, October 01, 2011

Eat raw ginger to ease the pain of aching muscles

Ginger could help muscle pain caused by exercise.

A new study shows taking a small amount of the spice every day reduces the strain on muscles after a workout.

Ginger has long been used as a remedy for nausea, but recent research has suggested it has other powerful properties.

One lab study showed powdered ginger could kill ovarian cancer cells.

In the latest experiments, American scientists gave participants 2g of raw ginger, or a similar amount of heat-treated ginger as some evidence shows heat treatment boosts the spice's potency for 11 days.

A third group was given a placebo. They were then put through a series of testing arm exercises.

The results, published in the Journal of Pain, showed that 24 hours after exercise, pain levels in the raw ginger-eating group were 25 per cent lower than those on the placebo.

And in the heat-treated group, pain levels were 23 per cent lower. Researchers say this supports anecdotal evidence that ginger has a pain-killing effect.

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