Global Food Myths #7: Does ginger alleviate sore muscles?
LSG Group experts clarify food myths from around the world – Episode 7 is about ginger and sore muscles.
Those who push their limits in sports often feel the victory the morning after. It unfortunately takes the form of sore muscles that makes certain movements painful, a rude reminder of a visit to the gym or a run through the woods. But is there a home remedy in ginger? Fabian Fendrich, chef at LSG Sky Chefs Bangkok, provides more information.
“Yes, ginger can relieve the pain a little,” says Fendrich, “but with two caveats. First, you have to consume a lot of it and second, it doesn’t completely alleviate the soreness. The reason for the soothing effect is due to the ginger essential oil contained in the root, which is also responsible for the pungent taste.
It has an anti-inflammatory and vasodilatory effect, which promotes blood circulation – similar to acetylsalicylic acid (ASA). The consumption of raw ginger or ginger tea seems to have particular effect when consumed before exercise – and not after when the muscles are already aching.
Ginger is also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, sodium and phosphorus. This is one reason why it is often praised as a miracle cure for colds. In addition, consumption creates a subjective feeling of warmth and calms the mucous membranes. Ginger also promotes metabolism, which stimulates fat burning and is said to have a satiating effect, which has made it an object of dietary research.