Participants in a 2010 study on ginger and its effects on muscle pain consumed capsules containing two grams of either raw or heat-treated ginger, or a placebo for 11 consecutive days. On the eighth day, they performed 18 bicep curls with a heavy weight to induce moderate muscle injury to the arm. Arm function, inflammation, pain, and a biochemical involved in pain were addressed prior to and for three days after exercise.
The studies showed that daily ginger supplementation reduced the exercise-induced pain by 25 percent. The effect was not enhanced by heat-treating the ginger.
If you lift weights or otherwise feel muscle soreness after your workouts, you may want to consider taking ginger on a daily basis to help decrease your soreness. Besides, ginger has many other beneficial effects on the body, unlike ibuprofen...and it tastes better!
Article: Daily ginger consumption eases muscle pain by 25 percent, study suggests