Research shows that ginger might be better than ibuprofen for pain. The theory is that ginger relieves inflammation in the body. Inflammation is what causes pain. Arthritis pain, which is medically inflammation of the joints, is particularly responsive to ginger. In many studies of osteoarthritis knee pain scientists have found that ginger effectively relieves that pain.
Ginger root, the edible part of the ginger plant, has been used for years for its anti-inflammatory properties as well as its ability to alleviate stomach upsets. Scientists have discovered that ginger's anti-inflammatory benefits come from gingerols. Pro-inflammatory enzymes, CO-X2 play a role in causing pain. Studies suggest that gingerols inhibit these enzymes.
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