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Ginger: A Spice for an Active Life!
GingerDo you ever suffer from sore muscles after rigorous exercise or lifting weights? A study recently featured in the Journal of Pain found that ginger may reduce muscle pain caused by rigorous exercise. Researchers gave human subjects 2 grams of raw or heat-treated ginger supplements for 11 consecutive days. On day eight, subjects lifted heavy weights to produce sore arm muscles. Those groups consuming ginger experienced a 20 percent reduction in pain after weight training compared to those groups that didn’t. These findings agree with previous studies and further demonstrate ginger's effectiveness as a pain reliever. Source:  Black CD, Herring MP, Hurley DJ, O’Connor PJ. Ginger (Zingiber officinale) reduces muscle pain caused by eccentric exercise. Journal of Pain. 2010. [Epub ahead of print.] Now, a little information about ginger: Selection: Fresh ginger can be found in our produce department. Look for smooth skin with a fresh, spicy fragrance. It should feel firm and heavy. Long length is a sign of maturity. Avoid those with wrinkled flesh, as this is an indication of aged ginger past its prime. Storage:
  • Fresh, unpeeled gingerroot: Wrap in paper towels, place in a plastic bag and refrigerate up to three weeks. It may also be tightly wrapped and frozen up to two months.
  • Peeled gingerroot: May be stored in Madeira or Sherry wine in a glass container in the refrigerator up to three months (Note: storing peeled ginger in wine will impart a wine flavor to the end ginger dish).
  • Dried ginger: Keep in a cool, dark place and in an airtight container.
  • Pickled and preserved ginger: Keep in the original container in the refrigerator.
Recipes: Eating Well is one of my personal favorites as far as “foodie” magazines go. Eating Well has a wealth of great recipes that incorporate just about any food you can imagine. It just so happens that I recently found a feature titled “Healthy Ginger Recipes and Cooking Tips.” (A side note: these recipes are created and tested by a registered dietitian!) Check them out at: Enjoy!
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