Definition: "An ergogenic aid is any substance or phenomenon that enhances performance "
Ginger enhances insulin sensitivity | Is ginger tea a sports supplement?
Glucose disappears considerably faster from the blood into muscles and other organs after drinking a cup of ginger tea. The insulin enhancing effect of ginger may explain why ginger supplementation helps strength athletes build more lean body mass.
Half of the test subjects drank 100 milliliters of ginger tea immediately after the glucose drink [Intervention].
A rule of thumb is that dried herbs lose 90 percent of their weight. So the Portuguese used 200 milligrams per 100 milliliters of water, not 2 grams.
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The researchers summarize that ginger can protect healthy individuals against the negative effects of high sugar. "The present study contributes to the support of the beneficial properties of ginger, suggesting that this herb extract may be effective against hyperglycemic status in nondiabetic subjects," they write.
We ourselves think that the possibilities of ginger may extend even further. Ginger supplementation increases the energy supply to the muscles and therefore make strength training more productive. Through the same mechanism, ginger supplementation, if combined with the administration of quickly absorbable carbohydrates, may also be of interest to endurance athletes.