You must have read many articles about the various health benefits of ginger. However, did you know that people with certain conditions should avoid consuming this highly nutritious plant?
That’s right. Even though ginger possesses powerful bioactive compounds and nutrients, there are some things you should know regarding its effects on certain medical conditions.
Ginger is especially known for its abilities to cure many digestive disorders. Its rich enzyme content helps the digestion and decomposing of food, as well as the detoxification process of the body.
Still, regardless of its great content, ginger should not be consumed in the following 4 cases:
1. Blood Disorders
Ginger stimulates the blood circulation which makes it beneficial in case of diabetes, obesity, peripheral artery disease or Raynaud’s disease. However, this ability of ginger makes it improper for those with hemophilia. Their blood has reduced ability to clot, so even a small injury might be fatal.
In other words, ginger neutralizes the effects of the drugs used in case of hemophilia, and might even worsen the condition, leading to death.
2. Certain Medications
If you take diabetes or high blood pressure medication, you should avoid consuming ginger. This is because the combination of ginger with beta-blockers, anticoagulants, or insulin can change the drugs’ effects on the body. Supposedly, this plant stimulates blood thinning and lowers the blood pressure, and that reduces the effects of these drugs.
If you belong to the underweight group of people, avoid this plant as well as its supplements. This is because ginger is rich in fiber and increases the stomach pH levels and the production of digestive enzymes. All this leads to reduced cravings for food and improved fat burning process.
The end results might be weight loss, hair loss, menstrual irregularities, and poor muscle mass.
This plant is high in stimulants which help digestion and support muscle health. But, if you consume it during pregnancy, it might lead to premature contraction and labor. Doctors forbid using ginger during the last trimester of the pregnancy. Furthermore, ginger hinders the absorption of dietary iron and fat-soluble vitamins.
Even though it might help relieve your morning sickness, it’s best to consult your doctor before using it.
What Is a Good Substitute for Ginger?
If you belong to one of these four risk groups, substitute this ingredient with cayenne pepper, sweet peppers, or red paprika.
According to the world-popular nutritionist Milka Raicevic, peppers provide effects similar to those of ginger. So, if you’re fan of spicy foods, choose red paprika, and if you are not, go with sweet peppers. You can even add them to your lemonade to make an excellent detox drink for your body.