Ginger is a flowering plant, which is native to China, and it’s considered to be one of the healthiest herbs. Its scientific name is Zingiber officinal and it’s a member of the family Zingiberaceae.
It is very high in nutrients and bioactive compounds, which mean it has a beneficial effect on the entire body, and it could be used in both, medicine and cooking.
Since it is especially effective in numerous ailments with the digestive system, it is considered to be “the cure for everything”. The high amounts of enzymes in its content are assisting the decomposing and digestion of food and detoxification of the body.
However, even though it is very useful in the case of various health issues and conditions, ginger is not recommended in these cases:
Ginger boosts the blood flow and it stimulates circulation, so it is very beneficial in the case of diabetes, obesity, Raynaud’s disease or peripheral artery disease, but it needs to be avoided by those people who suffer from hemophilia.
Hemophilia is a genetic disorder when the clotting ability of the blood is reduced, which means that even a small bleeding injury could lead to death.
Therefore, ginger is able to neutralize the effects of the medications used in this case and could aggravate the situation and cause deadly hemorrhaging.
Certain types of medications
Those persons who take medications for high blood pressure or diabetes belong to the special risk group because ginger might change their effects on the body.
The combinations of ginger with insulin drugs, beta-blockers or anticoagulants can be extremely harmful. Namely, ginger is stimulating blood thinning and reduces the blood pressure, and these properties lower the effects of these medications.
In case you have to gain some weight, you should not consume ginger nor take supplements based on ginger as this root is high in fibers, raises the pH level of the stomach, and stimulates digestive enzymes.
Therefore, it leads to fat burning and it lowers the cravings for food, and it could also lead to weight loss, menstrual irregularities, poor muscle mass, and hair loss.
Ginger is rich in stimulants that support the muscle health and help digestion. However, its usage during pregnancy could lead to premature contractions and preterm labors.
Note that its use is especially forbidden in the last trimester of the pregnancy. Also, consider the fact that it inhibits the absorption of the fat- soluble vitamins and dietary iron.
Still, you can use it is small amounts as it effectively alleviates the morning sickness, just make sure to consult your doctor beforehand.
In case you belong to some of the groups of people that were mentioned above, you can substitute ginger with cayenne pepper, sweet peppers, or red paprika.
Milka Raicevic, who is the world famous nutritionist, claims that the effects of the peppers are similar to those of the ginger. You can consume red paprika if you like spicy foods, or consume sweet peppers if you don’t. You can prepare cleaning drinks by adding them to lemonade.