Ginger root is one of nature's wonders. It can relieve nausea, ease allergy symptoms and stop motion sickness. Pregnant women and chemotherapy patients use it to help with their discomfort. And cooks swear by its pungent taste that adds flavor to a variety of recipes. But even the safest plants can carry risks if overused, and that includes crystallized ginger root.
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Ginger increases bile flow, so it is risky for people with gallstones or any other gall bladder illness. Gallbladder surgery is one of the most common operations in North America, and it is estimated that more than 90 percent of Americans have gallstones.
Ginger can prevent blood platelets from adhering together, possibly due to the inhibition of the enzyme COX-1. Patients who are about to undergo surgery or suffer from a clotting disorder are usually advised to stop using ginger. Those taking blood thinners should discuss their ginger intake with their doctor.
Dried ginger, like that in the crystallized form, may not be as effective as the fresh herb. Those looking to use ginger for its medicinal qualities should consider using fresh ginger.
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Ginger can cause mild heartburn, diarrhea and irritation of the mouth. This is particularly acute in people who take excessive doses, so people who eat crystallized ginger as an after-dinner sweet need to watch their intake.