Soothe Sore Muscles With Ginger

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The Journal of Pain isn’t just a great title for a Metallica album. It’s also an excellent source of research, and in the September 2010 issue, it published a study revealing that ginger, that tried-and-true motion-sickness cure, can help reduce muscle soreness, too. For the study, 74 volunteers consumed 2 grams of raw or heated ginger or a placebo for 11 days, and during the same period, they performed 18 negative reps of a biceps curl to induce pain and inflammation. At the end of the study, researchers found that the ginger, whether raw or heated, reduced muscle pain by about 25 percent 24 hours after workouts. Just try not to take it personally if your gym buddies start referring to you as a “ginger prince.” (Which probably won’t happen unless you’re in England, anyway.)