Ginger is commonly used in cooking and traditional medicine for thousands of years. It was an important plant in the traditional Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine and now one of the most widely used herbs worldwide. In India ginger is added in tea and in almost every vegetable curry as a part of daily consumption. Ginger is getting its way into bread, candies and cookies. The reason of increasing use of ginger and ginger products is due to its exceptional medicinal properties.
As an alternative treatment ginger has been used to treat various health conditions like stomach aches, nausea, diarrhea, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and joint pain. Recently a new study conducted in University of Georgia reported that ginger consumption reduces muscle pain caused by exercise.
Muscle pain generally is one of the most common types of pain, and eccentric exercise-induced muscle pain specifically is a common type of injury related to sports and/or recreation activity (e.g., gardening).
Who conducted the study?
The study was funded by the McCormick Science Institute (MSI), an independent organization that supports research into the health effects of culinary herbs and spices. The study was carried out by Chris Black, an assistant professor of Kinesiology at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville, UGA doctoral student Matt Herring and David Hurley, an associate professor of population health in UGA’s College of Veterinary Medicine.
What did the research involve?
This study consisted of two randomized controlled experiments...
looking at the effect of daily ginger supplements on muscle pain. The study involved 78 volunteers. In the first study, 36 participants were randomly assigned to receive raw ginger capsules or placebo capsules for 11 days. In the second study, 42 participants were randomly assigned to receive capsules containing heat-treated ginger or placebo capsules. The participants took part in strenuous arm exercises on the eighth day, and researchers assessed the pain experienced for the next three days, as well as various measures of inflammation. Different groups under study were compared.
What is the outcome of research?
The study showed that daily ginger supplementation reduced the exercise-induced pain by 25 percent.
The study will be published in the September 2010 issue of The Journal of Pain.
The most interesting part of the study is the effectiveness of ginger even after heat treatment as, generally; nutrients get destroyed after boiling or cooking. So, if you don’t eat ginger due to its pungent taste, you may consider adding up a bit amount in your cooked veggies, soups, breads, cookies etc to get therapeutic benefits.