Dangers of Ginger Root

By Jeremy Heck

Ginger root has been used for medicinal purposes for more than 2,000 years, according to the University of Maryland Medical Center. While the benefits of ginger root are widely reported, the potential dangers of ginger root are often overlooked. Certain considerations should be taken when implementing ginger root into your diet.

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Drug Interactions

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Antacid tablets

Evidence suggests that ginger root can increase stomach acid production, according to Medline Plus. Ginger root, therefore, may interfere with the use of antacids.

Ginger root can also act as a blood thinner, according to BodyEcology, and may increase the risk of bleeding when taken with blood-thinners like aspirin, anti-coagulants, anti-platelet drugs, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.

Gastrointestinal Tract

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Reports have suggested that ingesting poorly chewed ginger root can cause blockage of the intestines, according to Medline Plus. Persons with a history of ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), or blocked intestines should avoid ingesting freshly cut ginger root.

Cardiovascular system

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New research reports that ginger root has the potential to lower blood pressure, according to BodyEcology. Therefore, in theory, ginger root has the potential to cause abnormal heart rhythms, reports Medline Plus.