Ginger is one of the most healing foods that can be used to treat a variety of diseases and disorders. However, it should be used with care as it will not suit everyone. This is especially true for people who have some health issues, so they should be careful about ginger intake.
If you are in any of these groups, be sure to consult your doctor before consuming.
1. People who take blood pressure control medications
Some medications to control your blood pressure may be interacting with ginger. The pressure level then becomes too low and the heart rhythm can be disturbed. If you are taking blood pressure medication, do not start using ginger before your doctor tells you.
2. Persons suffering from gallstones
The gall bladder is located below the liver and is connected to the bile duct and serves as storage for bile that breaks down fat in the intestines. If gallstones go into the bile duct, they can block bile flow causing it to return to the liver.
Ginger stimulates the formation of bile, so people suffering from gallstones may have too high levels of bile in the gallbladder. Expert opinions are divided, some experts recommend taking ginger to remove gallstones, while others believe it is better to completely avoid ginger in such situations. This is why it is important to talk to your doctor before you start taking ginger and if you are approved to use it, keep an eye on the amount.
3. People who take blood clotting medications
Ginger dilutes the blood, which means that it should be avoided by people who take blood clotting medicines or have bleeding disorders.
4. People who take medication for diabetes
Ginger can lower blood sugar levels and is good for diabetics who control their sugar levels solely through diet. But, in combination with medication, ginger can lower sugar levels too much and increase the risk of hypoglycemia. Therefore, diabetics who take medication or insulin can only use ginger in consultation with their doctor.
5. Pregnant women
Women often use ginger to relieve morning sickness, but experts advise against taking it without first consulting a doctor. Previous studies have yielded different results regarding ginger consumption during pregnancy, and worrying is the fact that ginger may increase the risk of miscarriage.
This is due to the increased risk of bleeding during pregnancy, so experts recommend avoiding ginger completely if you suffer from bleeding disorders. In terms of birth weight or congenital disorders, research to date has shown that ginger has no effect.
How much ginger can you take?
Most people tolerate ginger and often use it to relieve digestive disorders (nausea, vomiting), relieve arthritis symptoms and menstrual pain.
Experts point out that people who do not suffer from any medical conditions can take 4 grams of ginger powder daily. Pregnant women may take 1 gram of ginger powder daily. In studies investigating the health effects of ginger, the most common dose was 250 milligrams to 1 gram of ginger 3 to 4 times a day.
What is great about ginger is that it can be used in fresh or ground dried form. Ground ginger is much more concentrated and you need to consume less, and 1 tablespoon of fresh ginger is equal to 1/4 teaspoon of ground dried ginger.