Ginger had in excess can be villainous

‘Everything is bad in excess’ is one rule of thumb that one should follow in life and the same applies to diet and nutrition as well. Over-consumption of ginger may also lead to some health problems.

Be aware of the following side-effects if ginger is had in excess:-

  1. Thins the blood

Excess ginger intake can thin the blood leading to excessive bleeding during menstruation. Since ginger is a natural blood thinner, it is best to avoid its excessive intake in our diets. This blood thinning action of ginger is due to the presence of the acid salicylate, which has anti-coagulation properties.

2. Disturbs digestion

Ginger is said to be an effective home remedy for a number of gastric issues like heartburn, gas and bloating. However, it may result in completely opposite symptoms if consumed in excess. Consuming over 4 or 5 gms of ginger per day may result in mild heart burn and may even trigger gas and bloating.

3. Lowers blood pressure

Ginger is said to be beneficial in regulating symptoms of high blood pressure or hypertension. However, when consumed in excess by people suffering from low blood pressure, it may further lead to a BP drop, exacerbating heart problems and leading to a number of unprecedented complications.

4. Hypoglycaemia

Ginger and ginger extracts have been known to help diabetes patients reduce blood sugar or glucose levels. This is due to the presence of the main active compound of the root- gingerols- which enhance the uptake of glucose into muscle cells without the need for insulin. Therefore, non-diabetics or people prone to low blood sugar levels may want to use ginger with caution.

Although ginger is an intrinsic part of many of our lives, it is good to make sure to consume them within the daily recommended limits, to avoid any of the above side-effects.

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