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Side effects: should some people better avoid ginger?
It has long been known that ginger is very healthy. However, the tuber is also often attributed to undesirable side effects. Among other things, it is said to have a thinning effect and increase blood pressure, increase menstrual symptoms and cause heartburn. What is it about such claims?
Treat diseases with ginger
In Germany, ginger is primarily known as an ingredient for pumpkin soup, as a component of various Thai curries, in the inlaid version for sushi, as well as in tea or smoothie. The root with the fruity-spicy note is not only very tasty, but also extremely healthy. In Asia, the "miracle bulb" has been used to treat numerous diseases for thousands of years. But eating ginger is also said to be associated with various side effects. But is that really true?
The health-promoting properties of ginger have long been known. The tuber is effective for colds and is also used as a home remedy for bloating, digestive problems, diarrhea and numerous other complaints.
The tuber can strengthen the body's defenses and bad breath can also be fought with the medicinal plant of 2018.
Studies have also shown that even small amounts of ginger can help lower cholesterol levels.
Ginger is sometimes used even in cancer therapy.
According to the German Cancer Aid, the root has a convincing effect against the stomach problems associated with chemotherapy as well as nausea and vomiting.
Last but not least, the tuber can help you lose weight.
It depends on the amount
However, it is also more often advised not to eat too much ginger, since otherwise unpleasant side effects can occur. In some cases, it is even claimed that some people should completely avoid the tuber.
However, some of these warnings cannot be substantiated.
There are reports that ginger is said to promote heartburn. But according to doctors, the root of the stomach has a calming effect and can even be used as a home remedy for heartburn.
For this, a thumb-sized piece of ginger should be rubbed into the water and drunk.
But it is also clear: the dose makes the poison. According to experts, consuming about 50 grams of ginger or five grams of ginger powder a day is still considered safe.
Especially people with a sensitive stomach could have problems with large amounts, not everyone can tolerate the sharpness. Affected people should ask their doctor for advice if necessary.
And also people who do not tolerate the spicy substances contained in the medicinal plant so well, should better restrain themselves in order to avoid an excessive feeling of warmth in the body and a very reddened head.
Blood thinning effect not proven
On various portals you can also read that ginger has a blood-thinning effect. However, doctors see it very differently.
“Fortunately, ginger does not have a blood-thinning effect. That would also be dangerous, for example, you would have to withdraw it before operations, ”says Prof. Dr. med. Roman Huber, internist, head of the University Center for Natural Medicine, University Clinic Freiburg, in a contribution by the Bavarian Radio (BR).
“They examined it and gave healthy people a blood thinner - aspirin or Marcumar - and then measured the clotting time. Then they were given additional ginger at the same time. That didn't change the effects of the other blood thinners, ”said the expert.
Ginger can promote labor pains
This finding also explains why the claim that ginger cares for a stronger period with more intense menstrual cramps due to the suspected blood-thinning effect is wrong.
A study has even shown that the root helps with period pain.
However, it is true that ginger can promote contractions during pregnancy. Therefore, expectant mothers should be cautious about eating or not use them at all.
Unless they want to trigger contractions on purpose. According to general recommendations, this should not be attempted before the 40th week of pregnancy.
Good for high blood pressure
People with high blood pressure are also often advised not to use ginger.
But health experts point out that the tuber could even help lower blood pressure.
So explained Professor Dr. Horst Brass of the German Hypertension League: “There are first indications that ginger can lower blood pressure. But more detailed investigations are not yet available. "
He also pointed out that ginger can never replace medication.
According to other experts, ginger can also benefit patients who suffer from high blood pressure due to being overweight.
Because the tuber boosts digestion and fat burning and can help to reduce excess weight and thus lower blood pressure. (ad)