Ginger reduces muscle pain caused by exercise, a recent study at the University of Georgia has found.
Approximately 40 volunteers in the study consumed 2-gram ginger capsules or a placebo to test the impact. That’s the equivalent of grating about a teaspoon of ginger on a salad.
On the eighth day of the study the participants lifted weights to induce minor muscle injury. According to the study, muscle pain was reduced by 25 percent among participants who were consuming the ginger capsules.
There was no difference in pain reduction between the raw and heat-treated ginger capsules.
Lead researcher from the University of Georgia, Professor Patrick O’Connor said the ginger as something that really can eliminate muscle pain that can be accepted by many people who experience it.
For someone who’s working out regularly, who might be breaking down muscle on a regular basis, incorporating ginger into daily diet might be helpful. Ginger is also known to contain a chemical that works almost the same anti-inflammatory drugs non-steroidal such as ibuprofen and aspirin.
For people suffering with arthritis pain, it is advisable that crushed root ginger is applied on the skin in and around the knee joint where pain is experienced. It has been discovered that repeated application of root ginger on the skin will considerably reduce or ease the pain caused due to arthritis.
In the past decade, researchers have also discovered that ginger may benefit your cardiovascular health, including:
- Preventing atherosclerosis
- Lowering cholesterol levels
- Preventing oxidation of low density lipoprotein (LDL)
Ginger is very easy to grow and can be grown indoors or outside in pots filled with potting mix. Your favorite grocer’s produce department is the best place to find ginger root for growing.
Make sure you get ginger roots which already have some new buds cropping out, or else they probably won’t grow. They look like little fresh outcrops.
A fun way to start a ginger plant is to suspend a two-inch piece of ginger root over a glass of water. Hold it in place with toothpicks stuck into the sides of the root. Then, fill the glass, submerging about one-third of the ginger rhizome.
When roots reach about an inch in length, plant the ginger rhizome just below the surface of a rich, moist potting mixture, making sure that your pot allows for good drainage.
Keep the pot in a sunny location until sprouts appear, then move it to an area with bright but indirect light. Given proper growing conditions, the stems will reach two to four feet tall with narrow, glossy green leaves that can get up to a foot long.
Bring the plant indoors before winter and store in a cool, dark place and ignore until spring. The foliage will die back and soil will dry out but should bounce back when returned to the outside the following spring..
Harvest ginger after the rhizome has grown three to four months. Since the best time to plant ginger is in the spring, this usually means a fall harvest.
Whole ginger can be consumed in a variety of ways, including:
- My favorite way of using it is to cut off about a teaspoon worth, dicing it very fine and swallowing it with water. This is far more potent, inexpensive and effective than any other way I know of.
- Cooking with it: Ginger tastes great lightly sautéed with other vegetables, meat, sesame oil, and a pinch of natural, unprocessed salt.
- As a tea: Simply put a couple of thin slices into hot water. A little bit of raw honey can sweeten the otherwise “hot and spicy” flavor of the tea.
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Yours truly, Polly – Organic Gardener