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:
This root boosts the blood flow and stimulates circulation, so it is beneficial in the case of obesity, diabetes, Raynaud’s disease or peripheral artery disease, but should be avoided by people who suffer from hemophilia.
This is a genetic disorder in which the clotting ability of the blood is reduced, meaning that even a small bleeding injury can lead to death.
Therefore, ginger can neutralize the effects of the medications used in this case and might aggravate the situation and cause deadly hemorrhaging.
Certain types of medications
People who take high blood pressure or diabetes medications 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 stimulates digestion, which is why it is so effective against an upset stomach and other gastrointestinal issues. If you are significantly underweight, you want to slow digestion and absorb as many nutrients as you can from the food you eat. High fiber content in ginger root moves foods through the digestive system and other compounds in the root can raise metabolism and promote weight loss.
Ginger root tea in early pregnancy has been found to relieve nausea and vomiting. After the first trimester, however, ginger root should be taken infrequently in very small doses (if at all) because it can induce uterine contractions. This, in turn, may result in premature delivery or miscarriage.
On the other hand, it can be useful when your delivery date has passed and you’re ready to meet your little one face to face.
In case you belong to some of the groups of people mentioned above, you can substitute ginger with sweet peppers, cayenne pepper, or red paprika. You can consume red paprika if you love spicy foods, or sweet peppers if you don’t. You can prepare cleaning drinks by adding these to your lemonade.Paprika can be found in different varieties with spiciness ranging from mild to hot. It contains all the nutrition of a whole pepper and is very versatile in cooking. With significant amounts of iron, vitamins A, B6, and E, paprika has a lot to offer.