Ginger is one of the most nutritious plants, rich in its active components like gingerols and shogaols, which make it a powerful natural medicine in the treatment of various ailments and health issues.
It has leafy stems and yellowish green flowers, and is native to warmer parts of Asia, like China, Japan, and India.
It is most commonly used to treat morning sickness, nausea, appetite loss, various types of “stomach problems,” motion sickness, gas, colic, upset stomach, diarrhea, and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
However, there are four groups of people that should avoid its consumption, as follows:
-- People who take certain medications, like hypertension or diabetes ( ginger might interfere with the medical effects of insulin, anticoagulants, beta-blockers, antacids, heart medications, and antihistamines)
-- People with blood disorders ( ginger boosts blood circulation, so it should be avoided in the case of hemophilia or blood clotting disorders)
-- Pregnant women ( ginger might stimulate premature contractions, miscarriage or menstrual bleeding)
-- People who are underweight or suffering from anorexia( ginger improves the release of digestive enzymes and stomach pH levels, and suppresses appetite, leading to weight loss)
Therefore, if you belong to these four groups, make sure you consult your doctor before you incorporate ginger into the diet.
This beneficial root is safe when taken orally, but it can sometimes cause mild side-effects like diarrhea, heartburn, and stomach discomfort. Moreover, it is most often safe if applied to the skin, but in some people, it can lead to skin irritations.