Ginger is a commonly used spice in all sorts of cuisines. It has a sweet and spicy flavor that indicates a plentiful amount of antioxidants. Science has actually isolated the substance that makes ginger such a powerful medicine and called it gingerol. Regular consumption of gingerol is known to reduce both inflammation and muscle pain.
Ginger has both antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. A study in arthritis patients found that consuming concentrated ginger reduced pain by 40% more than the placebo used in that study. Researchers have concluded that gingerol affects inflammatory processes at the cellular level, whether you take it fresh, powdered, or in supplement form.