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Take your ginger before you exercise and ease those aches and pains!

Updated: Jul 28, 2023

Ginger won’t whisk away muscle pain on the spot, but it may tame soreness over time. Studies show people with muscle aches from exercise who took ginger had less pain the next day than those who didn’t.

After a tough workout, nobody wants to be burdened with sore muscles for the rest of the week. Ginger has been proven to ease the post-workout aches. It contains anti-inflammatory agents that reduce joint pains because it prevents blood vessels from becoming inflamed – increasing the flow of the blood to the body, which cures pain.

The root acts as anti-inflammatory by blocking prostaglandins—hormone-like compounds that cause muscle contractions—which quell post-workout soreness, says Christopher Black, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist at the University of Oklahoma.

It’s the same pathway that non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like aspirin take. Having ginger before exercising may make it even more effective. The root contains the compound gingerol, which “binds to a certain nerve receptor and lessens the pain signal”.

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