Scientific name: Zingiber officinale Other names: zingiberis rhizome, ginger root, black ginger.Family: Zingiberaceae.
Ginger is a flowering plant which originated from China. Ginger is rich in nutrients and bioactive compounds which are very effective in protecting our overall health. Since recently ginger is considered as one of the healthiest herbs in the world. It is used in both cooking and medicine.
Ginger is very beneficial to people who suffer from ailments with the digestive system and for that reason is considered as “cure for everything”. The ginger is rich in enzymes that are helpful in decomposing and digestion of food and removal of toxins as well. These characteristics are what make ginger the most powerful substance in the world.
Although ginger is very useful for many things, there are some conditions when you should avoid using ginger.
These are the groups of people who must avoid ginger:
Since ginger is rich in powerful stimulants is very useful for your muscle health and the digestive system. But if you are expecting a baby you should avoid ginger because it can lead to premature contractions and preterm labors. You mustn’t use ginger especially if you are in your last trimester of pregnancy.
Ginger also prevents the absorption of fat- soluble vitamins and dietary iron, so you should definitely consult with your doctor whether you can consume ginger during your pregnancy.
However, ginger root is known to prevent morning sickness which usually happens in the early pregnancy, so you can use it in small dosages if you have recently become pregnant. But still, you should consult your doctor before you do that.
If you are underweight and your doctor advised you to gain some weight, you must reduce ginger and ginger based supplements from your diet. Ginger increases the pH of the stomach and stimulates digestive enzymes for its fiber content.
The ginger will prompt fat burning and it will also reduce the cravings for food, so if you have low body mass index (BMI) you must avoid consumption of ginger because that could lead to serious health problems like hair loss, poor muscle mass, menstrual irregularities and many more.
People with blood disorders
Ginger increases the blood flow and stimulates blood circulation and it’s very important for people who suffer from diabetes, obesity, Raynaud’s disease or peripheral artery disease, but it can be very dangerous for people who suffer from hemophilia.
Hemophilia is a genetic disorder in which blood’s ability to clot is reduced, which means that sufferers from this condition could bleed to death even from a minor injury.
So, people who have this condition must avoid ginger because not only can this plant nullify the effects of their medications, the overstimulation of blood circulation in these people can lead to severe and in cases deadly hemorrhaging.
People who take certain types of medications
If you use medications for high blood pressure or diabetes then you belong to the special risk group when it comes to the use of ginger. That is the case because the ginger alters the effects that the medications have on your body. Especially, anticoagulants, beta-blockers or insulin drugs can be very dangerous when mixed with ginger.
The main reason for this danger is that ginger can lower the blood pressure and stimulate blood thinning which can cause reduction of the effects from your medicine.
Substitute for ginger
If you belong to any of these four groups stop using ginger immediately. Use cayenne pepper, sweet peppers or red paprika instead.
According to Milka Raicevic, a world famous nutritionist, peppers have similar effects as ginger and they can be used as its substitute. If you like spicy food you can consume red paprika, and if you don’t you can always opt for sweet peppers. Add them to your lemonade and prepare yourself a perfect drink for cleansing your body.
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