Ginger: a great natural anti-inflammatory for work out recovery

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Ginger RootIf you suffer with muscle soreness after a hard gym session then ginger could be your perfect post workout ingredient. Unlike normal pain killers it doesn’t blunt pain immediately making it great for combating delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) which commonly follows 24 or 48 hours after your workout.

Types of ginger
Ginger comes in a variety of forms, I’d recommend the whole root form which is know as Rhizome and is readily available in supermarkets with it’s yellow centre, but depending on your use it’s also available as a powder extract for adding to meals, as tablets if you’re short on time or as a tea which is normally paired with lemon.

Recommended consumption
The recommended dosage is around 4 grams meaning you don’t need to add much for it to be effective. It’s worth noting that in very rare cases you can overdose on ginger, but to overdose you’ve got to be taking more than 2 grams per kilogram of body weight. In some cases ginger has been know to react with anti-inflammatory drugs and avoid taking it just before bed as it has been known to affect your sleep.

Cost
Ginger is extremely easy to come by, the natural root is found in all major supermarkets and costs roughly 30p per 120g. If you haven’t got time to cut and prepare it then there is a frozen cubed form available making it easy to add to a meal or straight into a smoothie. Be aware that there are some added ingredients to this form.

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