Ginger root is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive superfood. The spice is recommended as a natural medicine for many physical ailments due to its nutrients and health-supporting phytochemicals.
However, there are situations, in which ginger is a less-than-optimal supplement to your diet and can exacerbate an already existing problem.
Here are some of the situations in which ginger should be avoided because of their risks:
1. Underweight people
In case you need to gain some weight, you should not consume ginger nor take ginger based supplements as this root is high in fibers and raises the pH of the stomach and stimulates digestive enzymes. Therefore, it leads to fat burning and lowers the cravings for food, and might lead to weight loss, menstrual irregularities, hair loss, and poor muscle mass.
2. Pregnant women
The stimulants in ginger strengthen our muscles and improve the work of our digestive system. However, pregnant women should avoid it because it may provoke contractions of the uterine and premature labor.
Although some pregnant women use ginger to relieve morning sickness, they should stay away from it, particularly if they are in the last trimester of pregnancy. Ginger also impacts the way our body absorbs fat-soluble vitamins and iron.
3. People with a blood disorder
This root boosts the blood flow and stimulates circulation, so it is beneficial in the case of obesity, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease or peripheral artery disease, but should be avoided by people who suffer from hemophilia.
This is a genetic disorder in which the clotting ability of the blood is reduced, meaning that even a small bleeding injury can lead to death.
Therefore, ginger can neutralize the effects of the medications used in this case and might aggravate the situation and cause deadly hemorrhaging.
4. People who take certain medications
A pharmaceutical is formulated to address a specific symptom and is designed to work in a certain way in the body. Drugs come with lists of warnings and potential side effects. Because ginger root has medicinal properties, some pharmaceuticals don’t mix well with it. So to prevent any risks, side-effects, read the warnings and inform yourself as much as you can for your own safety.
Ginger is a natural blood thinner and reduces blood pressure; it also regulates blood sugar. Taken together with medication that is designed to do the same can mean too much of a good thing. Hence, ginger should not be taken with anticoagulants, beta blockers, aspirin, or insulin.
If you find yourself in one of these categories, there are other spices you can use for flavor and/or medicinal properties. There are many alternatives that nutritionists recommend such as cayenne pepper, red paprika, and sweet peppers. They can be added to dishes and beverages to add that kick of spice to your taste buds. Plus, one of the antioxidant phytonutrients in paprika is capsaicin, an anti-inflammatory agent known for healing the digestive system.
Also, you may try cardamom, with its rich savory flavor, nutrition, and supportive effects. Cardamom neutralizes acid, aids digestion, and tastes great in coffee.