Ginger or ginger root is the rhizome of the plant Zingiber, is a staple in ancient Asian medicine, but it could be considered a natural remedy powerhouse in your contemporary medicine cabinet, too, with powers similar to over-the-counter painkillers. The amazing thing about this powerful spice is that not only does the aromatic root add flavor to everything from ice cream and baked sweets to savory dishes, but it also offers some major health benefits, particularly when we’re feeling lousy. Scientists have already proven its potency as a natural remedy for a veriaty of conditions like morning sickness, chemotherapy-related nausea, and even motion sickness. And as it appears to be, the ginger root has a lot more to offer.
According to Care2 Make a Difference, a new study published in the journal Arthritis compared ginger extract to the common over-the-counter drugs betamethasone (cortisone) and ibuprofen for the treatment of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. In this study, both betamethasone and ginger extract reduced cytokines in comparable amounts. The authors of the study indicate that the “ginger extract was just as effective anti-inflammatory agent as betamethasone in this in vitro model.”
Further research in the Journal of Pain that specifically focused on exploring the effect of the ginger root on muscle pain, also report that both raw ginger and heated ginger are an effective natural anti-inflammatory that helps reduce pain and inflammation.
If you enjoy ginger flavor with meals, the root’s medicinal advantages can be enjoyed along with its taste. For muscle pain, the recommended dose of ginger is 2-4 grams per day and you should bear in mind that the daily intake of ginger should not exceed 4 grams. If you feel any muscle aches, take 2 grams each day. You can consume ginger in a form of juice, or have it raw, grated, and sprinkled over breakfast cereal, simmered with hot water and honey for a homemade tea or mixed with olive oil for a healthy salad dressing you can prepare fresh ginger juice in a blender with peeled, chopped ginger root and water. If you never found yourself fond of the flavor of the ginger root, you can always take it in a form of capsules. Although you should take into consideration that fresh raw ginger was shown to be 2% more effective in reducing muscle soreness than heat-treated ginger.