If you’re training hard, a loss of short term muscle strength is an inevitable part of exercise, but scientists may have found a spicy solution to the problem…

In a study1 researchers asked participants to perform high intensity arm exercises, which induced muscle damage. Prior to the exercise half of the participants had taken a ginger supplement for five days and five had taken a placebo.

Twenty four hours after the exercise, as expected, both groups had lost significant arm strength and their one rep maximum lift was reduced. However the two groups differed in how quickly the strength loss improved.

In the group who had taken the ginger for five days strength improved 48 hours after exercise. In the placebo group however it didn’t improve until 72 hours after exercise, indicating that ginger was somehow able to speed up the recovery process by a day – great news for those looking to train hard, but avoid some of the detrimental effects that come with over training.

Try this…

Tea One of the most natural, and tastiest, ways to include a daily ginger hit in your diet is with Natur Boutique’s Organic Ginger Tea

Natur Boutique’s Organic Ginger Tea is made solely from 100% pure organic ginger and is renowned for its sweet, non bitter, taste. The reason for such an outstanding taste comes from the way in which the ginger is grown. It comes from plants grown without artificial fertilizers and pesticides in the warm tropical climate and fertile soils of Vietnam. The conditions and the fact the roots are allowed to grow slowly and naturally gives them a sweeter flavour than normal, which lends them perfectly to making tea.

To give the tea a try visit www.naturbouqiue.co.uk or ask at your local health store where the teas have an RRP of just £2.99 for a box of 20.

 

  1. Phytother Res.2015 Jun;29(6):887-93. The Effects of Pre-Exercise Ginger Supplementation on Muscle Damage and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness. Matsumura MD1,2Zavorsky GS3,4Smoliga JM5,6.