Ginger (Zingiber officinal) is a flowering plant that is considered to be one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. It originated from China.
Its health benefits are due to the contain of the extremely high amount of nutrients and bioactive compounds. It has a beneficial effect on the entire body, as a remedy or ingredient in health diet (cooking).
Because the ginger is very effective in the case of boosting metabolism (ailments with the digestive system), the majority of the people consider it as “a cure for everything”. It contains plenty of enzymes that help the digestion and decomposing of the food and detoxification of the body.
Despite the fact that it is useful in the case of countless health issues, here you can learn more about the cases where it is not recommended:
The benefits of this root when it comes to the blood condition are connected with boosting the blood flow and stimulating circulation (means help in the case of obesity, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease or peripheral artery disease), however, if you are suffering hemophilia just forget it.
Hemophilia is a genetic disorder, where the blood clotting ability is reduced and even a small bleeding injury can lead to death.
As the ginger can neutralize the effects of the medications used, it can worsen the situation and cause deadly hemorrhaging.
Certain types of medications
Medications taken to help with high blood pressure or diabetes can be affected by some properties of the ginger and even ginger can completely change their effects on the body.
Always be conscious when you are taking anticoagulants, beta-blockers or insulin drugs, as ginger can be extremely harmful if it is combined with them. It is due to the ability of blood thinning and reducing blood pressure.
The people who are underweight and need to gain some weight definitely should avoid ginger or ginger based supplements from their diet, as this root is high in fibers and raises the pH of the stomach and boost the metabolism.
The enhanced digestion leads to fat burning and lowers the cravings for food, which leads to the opposite effects to lose weight, as well as menstrual irregularities, poor muscle mass and hair loss.
As a stimulator of muscle’s health and helping digestion, ginger is not recommended during pregnancy, because it might lead to premature contractions and preterm labors.
Note: in the last trimester of pregnancy is forbidden. In addition to worsening condition, it inhibits the absorption of fat- soluble vitamins and dietary iron.
In small amount can be used to alleviate morning sickness, but that must be done with the consultation with your doctor beforehand.
In order to get some properties that ginger provides, but you are not allowed to take it because of the reasons above, here are some substitutes that can replace it, such as sweet peppers, red paprika or cayenne pepper.
According to MilkaRaicevic, a world famous nutritionist, the effects of peppers are similar to the ones of ginger. Which kind of pepper (paprika) you can consume depends on the orientation to the spicy foods or sweet peppers.
Some cleaning drinks can be made by adding these substitutes to your lemonade.