You have probably read a lot of articles about the numerous health benefits of consuming ginger. But, did you know that people who have certain conditions need to avoid consuming this nutritious plant?

It’s true. Although ginger has strong nutrients and bioactive compounds, there are things you need to know about its effects on some medical conditions.

Ginger is particularly known for the ability to treat various digestive issues. Its abundant enzyme content aid the digestion and the decomposition of food,and the process of detoxification in the body.

But, regardless of its benefits, you shouldn’t consume ginger in these four 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

If you take medications for increased blood pressure and diabetes, you need to avoid ginger. That’s because combining ginger with anticoagulants, insulin or beta-blockers may change the effects of the drugs on your body.

This plant can stimulate the blood thinning and lower the blood pressure, which reduces the effects of these drugs.

3. 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.

4. Pregnancy

Ginger is rich in stimulants that aid the digestion and support the muscle health. However, if you consume ginger while pregnant, it may cause premature contractions and even labor. Doctors forbid consuming ginger in the last trimester of the pregnancy. Moreover, ginger prevents absorbing dietary iron as well as fat-soluble vitamins.

Although it may help you alleviate morning sicknesses, it is best to consult your physician before using ginger.

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.