Ginger is a flowering plant, native to China, and it is considered to be one of the healthiest herbs on the planet. Its scientific name is Zingiber officinal and is a member of the family Zingiberaceae.
It is extremely high in nutrients and bioactive compounds and thus has a beneficial effect on the entire body, and it can be used in both, cooking and medicine.
Due to the fact that it is especially effective in the case of ailments with the digestive system, it is considered to be “a cure for everything”. The high amounts of enzymes in its content help the decomposing and digestion of food and detoxification of the body.
However, despite the fact that it is useful in the case of countless health issues and conditions, ginger is not recommended in the following cases:
1. Blood disorders
Ginger improves the circulation which makes it useful in cases of obesity, diabetes, peripheral artery disease and Raynaud’s disease. But, this ability makes ginger inappropriate for people with hemophilia. They have a reduced ability for blood clotting, so the slightest injury can be fatal.
In other words, ginger has the ability to counteract the effects of the drugs used for hemophilia, and can even aggravate the condition, that may lead to death.
2. Some Medications
People who take medications for high blood pressure or diabetes belong to the special risk group as ginger can change their effects on the body.
The combinations of ginger with anticoagulants, beta-blockers or insulin drugs can be extremely harmful. Namely, ginger stimulates blood thinning and reduces blood pressure, and these properties lower the effects of these medications.
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.
Note that its use is especially forbidden in the last trimester of pregnancy. Also, consider the fact that it inhibits the absorption of fat- soluble vitamins and dietary iron.
Yet, you can use it is small amounts a sit effectively alleviates morning sickness, but make sure you consult your doctor beforehand.
4. Being underweight
If you are underweight, avoid ginger and its supplements. That’s because ginger is high in fiber and raises the pH levels in the stomach as well as the digestive enzyme production. And this in turn causes reduced food cravings and improves the process of burning fat.
The final results may be weight loss, irregular menstruation, hair loss and bad muscle mass.
What Is a Good Alternative for Ginger?
If you are among these four risk groups, substitute ginger with red paprika, cayenne pepper or sweet peppers.
According to the well known nutritionist Milka Raicevic, peppers offer similar effects to those of ginger. So, if you like spicy food, opt for red paprika, and if you don’t like spice food, chose sweet peppers.
You can also add them in your lemonade to make a great detox drink for your body.