Scientists tell us smell may be the most powerful trigger for memories. Nothing can snap you back to your childhood faster than a special scent. Especially one from the kitchen.
One of my favorites – and quite possibly yours – is the scent of baking ginger. It could be gingerbread, ginger snaps, or a well-spiced pumpkin pie. For generations of Americans, the scent of warm ginger brings equally warm memories flooding back.
It’s not often you’ll come across a favorite childhood treat that’s also a pain-busting champ. But in the case of ginger, that’s exactly what you have.
When Grandma soothed the scrapes and bumps of childhood with a slice of warm gingerbread, she was being smart. Because ginger is a remarkably effective pain fighter… one you can easily recruit for your own relief.
The Secret Life of Spices
Most modern kitchens include a rack full of spices. Cloves, nutmeg, allspice, ginger… We use them in cooking and baking. But in the exotic lands where they come from, they’ve had other uses for countless generations.
For example, ginger is a common home remedy for upset stomach – especially during pregnancy. Millions swear by it as a way to calm motion sickness. Some cultures even rub ground ginger root directly on aching muscles.
Here at Best Life Herbals, we included ginger in Nutranol Rx, our popular joint health formula. Why? Here are 3 good reasons for a start…
- Ginger contains powerful antioxidants. These potent plant compounds can stop cellular damage before it happens.
- Studies show ginger blocks pain in several ways. It contains powerful COX-1 and COX-2 inhibitors… just like “modern” remedies.
- Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties. That is, it helps block the widespread irritation linked to joint and muscle pain.
Not bad for a childhood treat.
If you suffer with joint or muscle pain, here’s why ginger root could be an important addition to your relief plan…
Nature’s Answer to Systemic Irritation
Compounds in ginger block the systemic irritation linked to joint pain. These natural compounds block the action of both COX-1 and COX-2. Why is this important?
“Cyclooxygenases” are enzymes that trigger the production of molecules that lead to widespread irritation and pain. Compounds that block these COX molecules lead to lower levels of irritation and pain.
Studies show ginger does more than just block these COX enzymes. It blocks formation of leukotrienes, which also trigger widespread irritation.1
This is a trick the mainstream hasn’t learned yet… and which gives ginger an advantage in fighting pain.
Another cause of widespread irritation is a compound called PGE-2. Your body make PGE-2 in response to certain “irritation triggers.” But at least two elements found in ginger root have been shown to ease the effects of this potent compound.2
This is something most pain relievers can’t do.
Easing Chronic Joint Pain
As the saying goes, the proof is in the pudding. So how well does ginger fare against joint pain? Pretty well, actually.
A 2001 study published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatology, is just one among many.
In this study, 260 adults with chronic knee pain took either a placebo or a ginger extract. After just 6 weeks, the results were dramatic.
The ginger group reported less pain standing and walking than the placebo group. They also had far lower pain scores on two internationally recognized scales than the placebo group.3 In other words, ginger won by a blowout.
In a 2005 study, subjects with chronic joint pain took a ginger extract, an inactive placebo, or a common mainstream remedy for a month.
After a month, both the mainstream remedy and the ginger group easily beat the placebo group for pain relief. But the ginger group matched the mainstream group for pain relief.
But here’s the difference: The ginger group took less than 10% of the amount of the mainstream remedy to achieve the same results.4
In other words, milligram-for-milligram, ginger was 10x more effective than the mainstream alternative.
A 2006 study compared ginger extracts to a different mainstream remedy. In tis study, ginger worked as well as the mainstream remedy… but had fewer side effects.5
In study after study, ginger has come out on top.
And the evidence keeps piling up. A 2011 study in the Journal of Medicinal Plants Research is typical.
In this study, joint pain sufferers taking ginger fared far better than those taking a placebo. They had less pain, greater morning flexibility – and no more side effects – than the placebo group.6
Simply put, ginger can help ease chronic joint pain. But that’s not all.
Serious Relief for “Weekend Warriors”
When you were a kid, you were probably in constant motion. But that changes as you get older. At some point – usually after high school or college – you start to slow down.
And that can lead to significant muscle pain.
Chances are you don’t have the time to work out like you did in high school or college. And it may make you life a little tougher. Especially when you try to keep up with your weekend sports habits.
Like most of us, you probably write off the two or three days of soreness after an active weekend as “getting older.” Of course, that doesn’t make sore muscles ache any less.
But ginger can.
Doctors at the University of Georgia tested ginger on muscle pain. They gave volunteers either a placebo or ginger root for 11 days. Then they put them through a series of exercises designed to strain the muscles that control the elbow.
The ginger group recovered more quickly and felt about 25% less muscle pain than the placebo group. The ginger group also recovered muscle strength and range of motion in their elbows faster. Their blood tests showed fewer chemical signs of muscle damage, too.7
A 2013 journal article reported on a test using elite female athletes. The women – all tae kwon do experts – took either ginger or a placebo for six weeks during training. The ginger group saw a marked drop in muscle soreness. The placebo group didn’t.8
Another study looked at the effect of ginger after a 20+ mile run.
Doctors from Old Dominion University and 4 other colleges recruited students for a long training run. They gave the students either ginger or a placebo for 3 days leading up to the run, the day of the run, and the day after.
24 hours after running 20+ miles, the students went out for a jog. The ginger group felt markedly less muscle pain during their jog than the placebo group.9
If ginger can help ease the pain of a 20-mile run, imagine what it could do for your sore muscles.
Finally, there’s one other advantage ginger can offer…
Ginger Is Easy on the Stomach
Early on, I mentioned ginger is a common remedy for an upset stomach. Many women consider it a lifesaver for morning sickness during pregnancy. And millions rely on ginger to ease motion sickness.
That’s the polar opposite of many pain remedies. And it’s not just “folk wisdom.”
In a 2009 animal study, doctors showed ginger actually defends the stomach lining against damage.10
Russian doctors recently gave ginger to volunteers with chronic joint pain. Their pain levels dropped. But something else went up…
Levels of three fatty acids went up in the volunteer’s stomachs.11 And these fatty acids are known to protect the stomach lining from damage.
So, it appears ginger not only helps lower pain… but may also help defend against the stomach upset so common with pain remedies.
Which makes it easy to see why ginger root is such an important part of the Nutranol Rx formula.
But it’s only part.
Beyond Pain Relief
What makes Nutranol Rx isn’t just ginger. It’s that its ingredients go beyond just fighting pain. They also nourish your joints.
- Glucosamine – A potent pain fighter that works with collagen to build connective tissue.
- Collagen – This protein is an important part of the structure of all connective tissue, including cartilage.
- Green-Lipped Mussel – The source of a unique Omega-3 that’s 200 times more potent than fish oil.
In all, Nutranol Rx contains an even dozen powerful pain fighters and nutrients. All carefully balanced to deliver maximum relief… along with nutrients your body needs to keep your joints healthy.
It’s the most advanced joint formula we’ve ever offered. And with plenty of punch let over for your other aches and pains.
In fact, Nutranol Rx is so advanced, I can only think of one way to make it better…
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Yours in continued good health,
The Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
The statements contained herein have not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. They are not intended to treat, cure, diagnose or prevent any disease.
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3 Altman, R.D. and Marcussen, K.C., “Effects of a ginger extract on knee pain in patients with osteoarthritis,” Arthritis and Rheumatology. Nov 2001; 44(11): 2531-2538.
4 Haghighi, M., et al, “Comparing The Effects Of Ginger (Zingiber Officinale) Extract And Ibuprofen On Patients With Osteoarthritis,” Archives of Iranian Medicine. Oct 2005; 8(4): 267-271.
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