Side effects of ginger tea that you were not aware of

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Jul 12, 2017
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  • Ginger has a number of medicinal and nutritional qualities.
  • Ginger is most commonly used as a spice in cooking.
  • Ginger tea can also lower your blood pressure.

Well, with a number of medicinal and nutritional qualities, ginger has been used in cooking and medicines. Decades have passed and ginger plant has been used by many cultures across the globe. The most conventional use of ginger is as a spice in cooking. However, with advancing times, another most common yet addictive way of using gingers are as ingredient in tea. Yes, ginger tea has managed to become a fashion fad these days.

The common health conclusions

There are many misconceptions and claims associated with ginger tea. Some people say that ginger tea is the best remedy for cough and many respiratory ailments. And there are studies suggesting that ginger can minimise blood pressure problem as well. Apart from aforementioned uses, ginger can also be effective in destroying cancer as it contains a compound called gingerol that suppresses tumor growth.

Ginger tea is traditionally consumed to heal stomach ailments but it can also be consumed to control nausea. Consumption of ginger tea right after a chemotherapy session can help reduce nausea. Also, it can give you relieve from morning sickness that happens during pregnancy.

However, it is advisable to consult a doctor before taking ginger tea during pregnancy, or cancer therapy or any sort of surgery.

The side effects of ginger tea

  • You shouldn’t be consuming more than 4g of ginger tea in a day, as it can increase the production of bile in your body while there are no evidences for the fact but it’ll be a better idea to check with your doctor before consuming more than the advisable quantity of ginger tea.
  • Ginger tea can also give you heart burn and can upset your stomach. Ginger primarily is classified under spices and can give you the exact burning sensation that chilies and other spicy food can give you.  
  • If you are allergic to ginger, you can get rashes or irritation in your mouth or stomach after drinking ginger tea.
  • Ginger tea can also lower your blood pressure; you can get dizziness.
  • Ginger contains salicylates, which acts as a blood thinner causing ailments in people with bleeding disorders.

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