GIVES WORK­OUTS A BOOST

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An abun­dant source of an­tiox­i­dants, pre­vi­ous stud­ies sug­gest that gin­ger (Zin­giber of­fic­i­nale) con­fers anal­gesic and phar­ma­co­log­i­cal prop­er­ties mim­ick­ing non­steroidal an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory drugs. James M. Smoliga, from High Point Univer­sity (North Car­olina, USA), and col­leagues en­rolled 20 non­weight trained men and women to five days of ‘load­ing’ with ei­ther gin­ger (4 g) or placebo, prior to an ex­er­cise reg­i­men de­signed to in­duce mus­cle dam­age. The re­sults showed that one rep­e­ti­tion max­i­mum lift was de­creased in both groups 24 hours af­ter the ex­er­cise reg­i­men, but this was sig­nif­i­cantly im­proved in the gin­ger group at 48 hours (as com­pared to 72-96 hours post-ex­er­cise the placebo group). The study au­thors re­port that: “4 g of gin­ger sup­ple­men­ta­tion may be used to ac­cel­er­ate re­cov­ery of mus­cle strength fol­low­ing in­tense ex­er­cise but does not in­flu­ence in­di­ca­tors of mus­cle dam­age or[de­layed on­set mus­cle sore­ness].sore­ness].” Ref­er­ence Melissa D. Mat­sumura, Ger­ald S. Za­vorsky, James M. Smoliga. “The Ef­fects of Pre­Ex­er­cise Gin­ger Sup­ple­men­ta­tion on Mus­cle Dam­age and De­layed On­set Mus­cle Sore­ness.” Phy­tother­apy Re­search, Vol­ume 29, Is­sue 6, June 2015, Pages: 887–893.

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