It is a flowering plant loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that hold incredible benefits for your physical and mental health. The rhizome of the plant is the root that is typically used in cooking and medicine.
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:
Ginger stimulates blood circulation, which is important for most people, particularly those who suffer from peripheral artery disease, diabetes, obesity or Raynaud’s disease.
Hemophilia is a rare genetic disorder in which the ability of blood to clot is severely reduced, meaning the sufferer could bleed severely from a minuscule injury.
Not only can the plant nullify the effects of life-saving medication, but also the overstimulation of blood circulation in hemophiliacs can lead to severe and sometimes deadly hemorrhaging.
2.Taking prescription medications
People who take medications for high blood pressure or diabetes belong to the special risk group as ginger can change their effects on the body.
The combinations of ginger with anticoagulants, beta-blockers or insulin drugs can be extremely harmful. Namely, ginger stimulates blood thinning and reduces blood pressure, and these properties lower the effects of these medications.
Ginger tea in early pregnancy has been found to relieve nausea and vomiting. After the first trimester, however, ginger root should be taken infrequently in very small doses (if at all) because it can induce uterine contractions. This, in turn, may result in premature delivery or miscarriage.
On the other hand, it can be useful when your delivery date has passed and you’re ready to meet your little one face to face.
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.
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.