Research: Ginger Root and Muscle Soreness

Published research quantifies ginger root supplementation associated with running-induced muscle soreness*

Runners who push their limits may have a new, natural solution to help reduce occasional, non-chronic muscle soreness post-run - ginger root.*

A pilot study published in The International Journal of Athletic Therapy & Training (November 2015), suggests 2.2 grams of ginger root, in the form of a dietary supplement, may significantly reduce muscle soreness stemming from long-distance running.* This was the first study to evaluate ginger root’s effects in the context of endurance training. Specifically, NOW® Ginger Root was the dietary supplement used in this clinical study.

The study, commissioned by The Department of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, School of Kinesiology, Human and Sports Performance Laboratory, assessed the effects of ginger root supplementation on 20 healthy students enrolled in a marathon training program, with an average weekly distance of 20-30 miles.

Study specifics

In this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial, healthy participants supplemented with 2.2 grams of ginger root or placebo (rice flour) for three days before, the day of, and the day after a 20-22 mile training run. The results indicated supplementation with 2.2 grams of ginger root for five days may be effective at reducing jogging-related muscle soreness from a long-distance run.* Specifically, the ginger root participants reported a 25 percent reduction in soreness compared to the placebo group.*

As a trusted natural products manufacturer, NOW supplements are often used by top universities and research centers for clinical trials. We use published research to guide product development, and we conduct more than 16,000 tests on raw materials and finished products each month in our own in-house laboratories to ensure that what’s on the label is in the bottle.

We encourage everyone to consult with their doctor or healthcare provider before starting a supplement routine to ensure proper usage.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.