New research shows that an age-old root valued in Chinese cooking for hundreds of years is also a helpful all-natural pain reliever.
These results are based on a study, by Dr. R. Altman an associate at the Osteoarthritis Research Society and a scientist at UCLA Medical Center, carried out to assess how safe and helpful a standardized ginger extract was for volunteers that suffer with osteoarthritis in the knees.
Almost 250 volunteers took part in this study for more than 6 weeks, each person had moderate or severe arthritic pain. The volunteers were separated into groups, where one group received ginger extract and the other a placebo.
The final results determined that the volunteers issued the ginger extract experienced less pain when standing compared to the volunteers given a placebo. Total pain was also reduced in those volunteers who took the ginger extract.
The result of the study determined that the standardized extract of ginger had a substantial effect on pain in osteoarthritic volunteers.
Another study undertaken by Dr. Itamar Grotto in Israel, publicized in the Journal of Osteoarthritis Cartilage, observed comparable results for volunteers taking ginger extract.
The results appeared to demonstrate that study the volunteers didn’t receive immediate pain reduction, but after half a year, volunteers experienced significant pain reduction in comparison to the placebo group. Inflammation was also observed to have diminished. Whenever volunteers using the extract were changed to a placebo, they saw that the swelling came back.
Ginger has been utilized for 1000’s of year in Chinese medicine, in addition to flavoring food. Ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory qualities, and is also rich in antioxidants. It’s also purported to provide a warming effect for joints, improving natural blood flow.
Because ginger is used so frequently in meals, it’s safe for anyone to try who has osteoarthritis or similar diseases for reducing pain and swelling. 1-2 grams each day of pure ginger extract is advised if you’re planning on using a supplement. Juice extracted from ginger root will also be helpful. Try juicing it in a masticating juice extractor like the Green Star or Hurom juicers, designed particularly for difficult to juice vegetables and roots.
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