Muscle recovery products are huge sellers for supplement producers and retailers. With promises of quick rebounds from aches, pains and soreness, products like 2:1:1 Recovery and Glutamine are popular among amateur and professional athletes. These products cost $28 and $37 respectively.
Now there is a less expensive and natural alternative.
According to a recent study published in the Journal of Pain, ginger reduces muscle pain after exercise by 25 percent. Subjects consumed doses of ginger for eight days before lifting weights. These subjects reported a reduction in muscle pain.
This could be big news for Japanese farmers, who cultivate much of the world’s supply of ginger.
It could also be big news for supplement and vitamin producing businesses, as they try to reel in the power of this root in pill or powder form. It should be noted; however, that the subjects in the study consumed the root in its raw or heated state. As in all good tests, there was also a placebo group.
So next time you lift big, it wouldn’t hurt going out for sushi afterwards. And ask for an extra side of ginger!
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