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Muscle pain can take a few days to subside, so it’s best to use natural alternatives than to rely on pharmaceuticals, which are very toxic and damage the liver even in small doses.
Two Spices for Muscle Pain
A study done at Iran’s Isfahan University of Medical Sciences examined cinnamon and ginger’s capacity to relieve muscle pain in young female athletes. Taking 3g of cinnamon or ginger every day to significantly reduce post-exercise muscle pain in as little as 6 weeks (1).
Ginger contains anti-inflammatory compounds like gingerols and shogaols, paradols, and zingerone while cinnamon contains healthy compounds like cinnamaldehyde, cinnamyl acetate, and cinnamyl alcohol and nutrients like manganese, iron, and calcium. These compounds inhibit the expression of pro-inflammatory cytokines
Ginger protects against ulcers, fights free radical, inhibits lipid peroxidation and protects DNA (2).
Ginger also possesses anticancer properties. One study concluded that “ginger extract might prove to be beneficial as a complementary agent in cancer prevention and maintenance therapy.”(3).
The little root also reduces stress-induced cognitive impairment and improve working memory (4).
Cinnamon has the ability to lower blood sugar and cholesterol, at doses as little as 1,3, and 6g. All it takes is 40 days of daily ingestion to get these results, and more!
The spice also has the ability to improve lipid metabolism, increase insulin sensitivity, antioxidant status, and capillary function. However, 6g a day or more is necessary for lasting effects (5).
The bark even has a high antimicrobial activity that works against antibiotic-resistant bacteria (6).
How to Use Ginger and Cinnamon for Muscle Pain
If you’re looking for some recipe ideas, try these:
Ginger can be steeped into a tea, turned into ginger ale, or added to stir-frys to flavor your meals.
Cinnamon is perfect to flavor oatmeal, add to yogurt, or sprinkle into your coffee. The most important thing is to use the right kind of cinnamon to get the right effects. Ceylon cinnamon or true cinnamon is recommended because of its low coumarin (a neurotoxin and liver toxin) content.