Ginger is probably the most known plant worldwide which is considered one of the healthiest of them all. Scientists have already proven its nutritional value and the overall positive effect on the health. It is used as a spice but also as medicine in the treatment of different medical conditions.
The most efficient property ginger has is the ability to treat issues with the digestive system because of its high amounts of enzymes. It encourages the digestion of the food and the detoxification of the body.
However, even though it is very healthy, the following cases are when ginger is not recommended at any cost:
1. Blood disorders
While ginger has many positive effects on people suffering from diabetes, obesity or peripheral artery disease as it stimulates circulation; people who have hemophilia should stay away from it.
This condition is a genetic disorder where the person’s blood is not clotting properly and even the slightest paper cut could lead to bleeding to death. According to experts, the effects of medications for hemophilia are neutralized by ginger and consuming it might even have deadly consequences.
2. Taking certain types of medications
Ginger has the ability to reduce blood pressure and combining it with medications for high blood pressure can be very harmful. Also consuming ginger while taking anticoagulants, beta-blockers or insulin drugs must be avoided with no exceptions.
3. Underweight people
Ginger root is rich in fibers and stimulates the digestive enzymes. This leads to fat burning and the reduction of food cravings so if you need to gain some weight you shouldn’t consume ginger or any ginger based supplement. If you are already underweight and you take ginger you could experience menstrual irregularities, hair loss and loss of muscle mass.
Ginger contains stimulants which support muscle health but they can also lead to premature contractions and preterm labors. The last trimester of pregnancy is the worst period to take ginger. However, some experts claim that pregnant women can take very small amounts of ginger to alleviate morning sickness. In any case, consult your doctor before you decide to consume ginger.
5. Ginger substitutes
Don’t be discouraged if you belong to any of the groups we discussed above. You can always substitute it with sweet peppers, cayenne pepper or red paprika.
Milka Raicevic, who is a famous nutritionist claims that peppers have the same effects to the one ginger has. You can consume red paprika or sweet peppers if you enjoy eating spicy food, and if you don’t you can always add them to your lemonade.