Anyone knows that ginger root is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and digestive food. As a matter of fact this spice is recommended as a natural medicine for many disorders and it’s used in many natural ointments to alleviate various pains such as back pain, sciatica, muscle aches, tennis elbow, shoulder pain, and so on. However, not everyone should introduce ginger in their diets, because it may aggravate certain conditions and interfere with medications.
Keep in mind that ginger should never be used as an alternative for medication, nor should be used with drugs.
When To Avoid Ginger Root
Below are some of the situations in which ginger should be avoided because of its risks
This root boosts the blood flow and stimulates circulation, so it is beneficial in the case of obesity, diabetes, 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.
Taking Prescription Medications
If you take anticoagulants, beta-blocker, blood pressure, insulin, or barbiturate medications, beware of ginger. As aforementioned, the salicylate in the spice thins blood, interferes with the blood clotting process, and makes you more susceptible to bleeding. Ginger affects diabetic medications as well, since it reduces blood glucose levels. If you take insulin medication along with the spice, then your blood sugar levels could decrease, causing hypoglycemia.
Another point to note is that ginger reduces blood pressure. If you take medications to lower blood pressure levels with the spice, then you could develop hypotension.
Ginger root 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.
Ginger can help you lose weight and suppress your appetite. In fact, eating or drinking ginger and following it with a strict diet and workout plan will aid in weight loss. However, eating ginger may be risky if you’re underweight and want to gain weight. The appetite suppressive ability of the spice will cause you to lose more weight or weaken your muscles.