Ginger has been rapidly gaining on popularity in the west, in the last few years. As more and more health benefits of ginger consumption are discovered, the ever so popular Asian spice gets more uses and users. Among those is the fitness community, whose members, including enthusiasts and athletes are starting to use ginger in various forms to treat sore muscles.
If your only experience with ginger so far was through Asian cuisine, it is high time you experience the full potential of this plant. Especially if you suffer from muscle pain or you want to prevent it.
The remedy we’re presenting today is easily maid, and it is highly effective against this issue, as well as against many others that will be listed below.
- 1 tablespoon of ground ginger
- 1 glass of water
- 1 pinch of cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons of honey
Bring the water to a boil. Add the ginger and cinnamon, remove the pot from the heat, and cover with a lid. Let the mixture steep for 10-15 minutes before adding honey. Consume 1 teaspoon of the mixture twice a day until you stop feeling pain.
A study of adults who took 2 grams of ginger as a daily oral supplement showed that ginger reduced exercise-related muscle pain by 23-25%. Participants took ginger over 11 days as a supplement to prevent pain rather than as an acute pain reliever. Ginger may be an effective pain management alternative if you can’t tolerate anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen or aspirin. The antioxidants in ginger suppress cellular production of nitric oxide, a compound that produces toxic free radicals that promote tissue damage and inflammation. Research also shows that ginger reduces the production of pro-inflammatory compounds in the joints.
Ginger also helps with:
Ginger has been discovered to be a facilitator of the digestive process. The elevated sugar levels after a meal may cause the stomach to reduce its natural rate of emptying its contents. It helps in regulating high sugar levels that may disrupt digestion and soothe the stomach, thus, maintaining its regular rhythm. Along with that, ginger has a number of compounds that improve the absorption of nutrients and minerals from the food we eat. This is why ginger is also frequently used as an appetizer or an aperitif since it can stimulate the appetite while preparing the digestive system for an influx of food. Ginger is popular in Asian countries as an appetizer or raw menu item for precisely that reason.
- Cancer prevention
One of the most exciting developments in the discussion of ginger and its impact on human health has been the positive correlation between the organic compounds in ginger and the prevention of cancer.Gingerols, the compounds that give ginger its antioxidant properties, alsohave also been shown to prevent carcinogenic activity in the colon that can lead to colorectal cancer. This is yet another way that ginger benefits the gastrointestinal system, making it such a perfect addition on the side of every meal. However, more recent studies have also connected these gingerols to apoptosis in ovarian cancer cells, thereby reducing tumors and the growth of cancerous cells, without harming the healthy cells around them.