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Ginger reduces muscle soreness

Ginger reduces muscle soreness

Article by Don Goldberg

Ginger reduces muscle soreness

Muscles often are sore after endurance training. Many people turn to over-the-counter pain medicines (analgesics) to alleviate the discomfort, but taking pain medication 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


Additional Comments from Don Goldberg

“Ginger has the ability to inhibit nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB), cyclooxygenase (COX) and lipooxygenase (LOX) enzymes and as a result helps reduce pain and inflammation in arthritic joints. In three placebo-controlled clinical trials for the treatment of osteoarthritis, ginger rhizome showed significant efficacy compared to placebo. For pain and inflammation, ginger can be used as an alternative to NSAIDs like ibuprofen without the damaging gastrointestinal side effects that NSAIDs commonly have. Ginger has anti-ulcer effects and can helps protect the intestinal mucosa from damage.”

This information is taken from the monograph of Willner’s PhytoTech Ginger Tonic, “A soothing ginger formula, especially valuable for conditions involving nausea, digestive problems, and inflammation.” You can read the full monograph in the PhytoTech Product Reference Guide. (The product code is 57015 for a 4 fluid ounce bottle)

Of course, straight ginger is available as well, in both capsule and liquid forms:

Ginger Root 1:1.5
This herb supports the digestive and circulatory systems, and has been shown to be especially helpful in alleviating nausea and equilibrium problems.
Who can benefit from this supplement? Those who suffer from nausea (pregnancy, motion sickness), digestive insufficiency and poor circulation.
Phyto-Tech™ Ginger Root 1:1.5 provides 667 mg of certified organic Fresh Ginger Root per 30 drops.
Also available as a veggie cap, with each Phyto-Tech Ginger capsule containing 500 mg of certified organic Ginger Root (Zingiber officinalis). (Product code: 60127)
1 fl oz - Prod Code: 56995
90 Veggie Caps - Prod Code: 60127

And finally, we have ginger available in sever other “tonic” formulations: Ginger Immune Tonic, Ginger Energy Tonic, and Ginger Cough Tonic. All of these proiducts are in the Willner Chemists PhytoTech line.

Note: A version of this article appeared in the Summer 2016 Willner Window Newsletter/Product Catalog.