Ginger is best known for its ability to sooth an upset stomach. It neutralizes stomach acid, which could be useful for athletes who find they have stomach issues while running.
Furthermore, ginger is popular for its role in relieving motion sickness, a use that could be valuable for runners who travel often and find themselves too nauseous to run once they reach their destination. There are a number of products, such as ginger chews or lozenges, that have been marketed for their anti-nausea effects and prevention of motion sickness.
Another one of the health benefits of ginger is its anti-inflammatory properties. Some research has shown that ginger is effective at preventing or delaying post-exercise muscle soreness. Additionally, ginger has been researched for its use in pain relief from osteoarthritis. Finally, ginger may have anti-viral properties that make it an effective combatant in the prevention of the common cold.
How to Use It
Ginger can be eaten in its fresh or raw form (often pickled), or chopped up and incorporated into stir-fries, marinades, dressings or teas.
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