Ginger contraindications

The ginger plant

Ginger, otherwise known by the scientific term “Zingiber officinale”, is a perennial plant belonging to the Zingiberaceae family, in which more than 1400 species are classified. The most popular part of ginger is its rhizome, with a pungent aroma and numerous branches, which can reach ten centimeters in length. This is the only edible part and also the best known since it arrives on our tables in the form of fresh root or powdered. The leaves of ginger have a narrow and elongated shape, so much so that they resemble spears, and are of a bright green color while the flowers are greenish yellow. Ginger loves high humidity and temperatures above 15 ° C, and it is no coincidence that it grows well in tropical and subtropical areas.

The ginger decoction

Unlike herbal teas or infusions, in which the leaves and flowers are also used, that is the delicate parts of the plants, only the most consistent parts such as the roots or the barks are used in the decoctions. With ginger you can prepare decoctions with multiple beneficial virtues for our body as long as any contraindications are taken into account. It is enough to follow the same rules that apply to the preparation of decoctions in general. You have to chop the ginger, put it in a cooking container adding cold water, then bring everything to a boil, not too high, and keep it boiling for a period of time ranging from five to fifteen minutes. Once turned off, it is left to cool and finally filtered with a colander. The drink thus obtained,

The properties of ginger

Used since ancient times, ginger has multiple properties that have been confirmed by numerous scientific studies, including recent ones. The beneficial effects on digestive difficulties, from poor digestion to abdominal bloating, seem to derive from the fact that this plant has the ability to accelerate stomach emptying at the end of meals. Its consumption is particularly effective in case of nausea and vomiting, related to pregnancy or caused by car sickness or difficulty digesting. Some studies also show a lowering effect on cholesterol. In a research conducted in 2008, the group that had taken one gram of ginger three times a week for a month and a half had a decrease in cholesterol levels compared to the control group that was given the placebo.

Ginger contraindications: The contraindications of ginger

Like all medicinal plants, ginger also has some contraindications that must be taken into consideration. In the presence of gallstones it is preferable to seek the advice of your doctor first. Although its use is recommended against nausea related to pregnancy, some recent studies would advise against its use and would limit its consumption to no more than ten grams of fresh root per day. It should be borne in mind that if powdered ginger is used, this dose should be reduced to two grams per day. In addition, ginger could cause heartburn in predisposed individuals. It would be preferable to avoid its use even in the case of taking coagulating drugs, such as warfarin or the more common acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin) which is present in numerous antipyretic medicines as an active ingredient. The substances contained in ginger could in fact increase the antithrombotic effect.

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