Natural pain remedies can help soothe sore muscles

With spring approaching, it's time to get your workout routine out of hibernation.

But after a long hiatus, your muscles may be feeling sore and fatigued.

New breakthroughs in natural pain remedies can soothe overworked muscles.

In a recent study, when volunteers took 2 grams of a ginger supplement for 11 days, they experienced 25 percent less pain after a muscle-taxing workout, compared to those who took a placebo.

Researchers say ginger works like an anti-inflammatory, and can deliver pain relief with fewer side effects.

Another study found Omega 3 fatty acids relieved joint pain and muscle soreness in 27 men who exercised strenuously.

In a very small study, cherry juice was found to reduce pain and strength loss. Fourteen college-aged men downed apple-cherry juice after exercising for 8 days.

Another group took a placebo. On the fourth day, everyone did arm contractions. The cherry juice group had less pain.

And strength loss averaged only 4 percent, as compared with 22 percent with the placebo group.

Experts remind everyone to know their limits, and remember to warm up, and stretch before and after your workout.

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