Considered to be one of the healthiest herbs on the planet, native to China, ginger is a flowering plant. It is member of the family Zingiberaceae and its scientific name is Zingiber officinal.
Used in both, cooking and medicine, it is extremely high in nutrients and bioactive compounds and thus has a beneficial effect on the entire body.
It is considered to be “a cure for everything” due to the fact that it is especially effective in the case of ailments with the digestive system. The high amounts of enzymes in its content help the decomposing and digestion of food and detoxification of the body.
Yet, ginger is not recommended in the following cases, despite the fact that it is useful in the case of countless health issues and conditions:
Ginger is abundant in stimulants which support muscle health and help digestion. However, its use during pregnancy might lead to premature contractions and preterm labors.
In the last trimester of pregnancy its use is especially forbidden. Additionally, consider the fact that it inhibits the absorption of fat- soluble vitamins and dietary iron.
Yet, you can use it in small amounts a, but make sure you consult your doctor first.
You should not consume ginger nor take ginger based supplements in case you need to gain some weight. This is because the 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.
Boosting the blood flow and stimulating circulation, this root is beneficial in the case of obesity, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease 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.
Consequently, ginger can neutralize the effects of the medications used in this case and might aggravate the situation and cause deadly hemorrhaging.
Certain types of medications
The combinations of ginger with anticoagulants, beta-blockers or insulin drugs can be extremely harmful. People who take high blood pressure or diabetes medications belong to the special risk group as ginger can change their effects on the body.
Specifically, ginger stimulates blood thinning and reduces blood pressure, and these properties lower the effects of these medications.
You can substitute ginger with sweet peppers, cayenne pepper or red paprika in case you belong to some of the groups of people mentioned above.
A world famous nutritionist, Milka Raicevic, claims that the effects of the peppers are similar to the ones of ginger. You can consume red paprika if you love spicy food or sweet peppers if you don’t. By adding these to your lemonade you can prepare cleaning drinks.