Ginger is a common ingredient in Asian and Indian cuisine, and due to its antiseptic properties, ginger has for long been used for treatment of various health issues. It is generally considered as a natural remedy because of its health benefits, including relief from nausea, digestive issues and pain.
The medicinal part of the plant is the root or underground stem known as the rhizome. Ginger can be consumed when fresh, powdered or dried as a spice or used in the form of an oil or as a juice. However, ginger treatment is not for everyone.
Let us discuss who should avoid ginger:
- Someone who will undergo surgery
Ginger improves blood circulation. Therefore, consuming ginger around the time of surgery increases the risk of bleeding. If scheduled for a surgery avoid ginger tea two weeks or more prior to the said surgery.
- Someone with blood disorder
Ginger improves blood circulation, which is beneficial, except for those suffering from blood disorders like haemophilia.
- Pregnant woman
Ginger is a powerful stimulant that can trigger premature labour, especially in the last trimester of pregnancy.
- Someone who wants to add on weight
Ginger is beneficial to someone working to lose weight as it keeps you full longer and promotes fat burning. If your intention is to add some weight, you may want to avoid ginger.
- Someone who is on blood pressure and diabetes medications
There are serious risks when you consume ginger, since ginger can interact with medications, especially anticoagulants, beta-blockers and medications based on insulin.
It is evident that ginger has more benefits. Many of us use ginger during wintertime with a hot ginger cup of tea. It has high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals. Once made into tea, one can add peppermint, honey or lemon to mask the ginger taste. Therefore, ginger is an important grocery that should always be in the kitchen.