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Be careful when using ginger!

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Ginger (Latin: Zingiber) is a genus of perennial herbaceous plants from the Ginger family (Zingiberaceae), as well as spice, raw or processed rhizomes of ginger pharmacy.

Well-known ginger can be a terrible threat to health in combination with anticoagulants, beta-blockers, and insulin based on medicines, in addition, it is harmful to pregnant women and that's not all ...


It is believed that the scientific name came from singabera, which in Sanskrit means "horned root." According to Fasmer, the Russian word is borrowed from German (possibly through Polish mediation). As far back as the 19th century, in Russian, the word “inbir” was the more common form of the word. The people also called it the "white root".

Meaning and Application

Some species are used as medicinal plants. The rhizomes of ginger pharmacy (Zingiber officinale) are known as a spice that is widely used in cooking and is used for medicinal purposes.


Depending on the method of preliminary preparation, two types of ginger are distinguished:

  • white ginger is a pre-washed ginger, peeled from a surface more dense layer;
  • black ginger - not subjected to pre-treatment.

Both species are dried in the sun. Black ginger as a result gets a stronger smell and a more burning taste. At the break, ginger is light yellow, regardless of species. The flesh of young rhizomes is almost white; the older the rhizome, the yellower it is at the kink.

Chemical composition

The content of essential oil in dry rhizomes is 1.5-3%, its main component is scingibern (zingibern) - sesquiterpenes (a group of organic compounds of the terpenes class) - up to 70%, also contains camphene, cineole, bisabolene, borneol, citral, linalool. Ginger also contains vitamins C, B1, B2 and essential amino acids. The burning taste is due to the substance gingerolruen.


Most often, ginger is used in ground form. Ground spice is a grayish-yellow powdery powder. If it has a strong and lasting aroma, then it is considered better.

The healing properties of ginger are extremely beneficial for the treatment of many diseases, including:

  • relieves joint pain
  • strengthens the immune system
  • relieves symptoms of nausea, migraine, and cough
  • reduces digestive problems such as diarrhea, cramps, belching, constipation and hemorrhoids
  • improves blood circulation and prevents the formation of blood clots
  • lowers blood sugar and cholesterol
  • prevents the growth of cancer cells
  • removes toxins from the body, etc.

Due to its antiseptic properties, ginger has long been used to treat various health problems. As a rule, it is considered a universal natural remedy, because its health benefits can significantly alleviate many health conditions.

However, treatment with ginger is not recommended for everyone . If you belong to any of these groups, ginger should be avoided:

Pregnant women

Ginger is rich in powerful stimulants that can trigger premature birth. Pregnant women should avoid ginger at all costs, especially in the last trimester of pregnancy.

People who want to gain weight

Ginger, as you know, is very useful for those who are trying to lose weight, as it gives a feeling of satiety and helps to burn fat. If you want to gain weight, ginger can only give you the opposite effect, so you better forget about it.

People with blood diseases

Ginger improves blood circulation, which is usually beneficial, except for those who suffer from blood diseases such as hemophilia.

People who take high blood pressure medication and diabetes

Ginger can interact with medications, especially anticoagulants, beta blockers, and insulin-based drugs. So if you are taking any medicine for high blood pressure or diabetes, you should stay away from this plant, as there is a serious risk that it will inhibit the effects of your medicines.

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