Muscle pain can be an occupational hazard of hardcore training, the price of admission for a healthy body and muscular physique. But living with pain can also be a real ... well, pain. One promising avenue of relief is extracts from the natural spices ginger and turmeric, both of which are from the Zingiberaceae family. A recent meta-study published in Nutrition Journal examined 18 different clinical trials and found that these extracts relieved pain in nearly every instance. The spices were found to be more effective in higher doses, approximately 1,500 to 2,000 milligrams a day. Best of all, the safety record for these natural remedies are far better than that of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.