Ginger Speeds Up Muscle Recovery

A recent study suggests the potent ginger root could boost recovery after strength-depleting workout.

Every cyclist knows that feeling when, getting back on the bike after an exhaustive session the previous day, your legs don’t have the same punch as usual. The muscles are fatigued and not absolutely recovered.

The solution to faster recovery could be about to change, as research has found out that ginger can speed up the process. A recent study looked into the effect that ginger, which contains analgesic and certain pharmacological properties present in anti-inflammatory drugs, can have on muscle recuperation.

In the study, 20 participants were asked to consume four grams of ginger or a placebo over a five-day period, prior to doing high-intensity elbow flexor exercise, which induced muscle damage. Twenty-four hours after the exercise, both groups had lost significant arm strength, but the two groups differed in how quickly their strength loss improved.

The “ginger” group found that their strength improved 48 hours after exercise, whereas the “placebo” group didn’t see any strength recovery until a further 24 hours later. These findings indicate that ginger was somehow able to speed up the recovery process by a whole day. Could this be the beginning of a ginger nutrition revolution?

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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