Ginger Side EffectsIt is recommended, by the University of Maryland Medical Center, that adults do not consume more than four grams of ginger daily. This includes ginger that is ingested through pill form, with food, and in drinks. The University of Maryland Medical Center also suggests that children under the age of two do not consume ginger at all.
Any pregnant or nursing mother should consult with their physician prior to using ginger. Though ginger has been used with some success by pregnant women who experience morning sickness, it is also thought by some to cause birth defects and even miscarriage when taken in the early weeks of pregnancy.
As with almost any product that is used for medicinal purposes, some side effects can be expected. In some studies, those who consumed ginger experienced heartburn, stomach pains, and diarrhea. Ginger should not be used topically as it has been shown to irritate sensitive skin.
Those who are on medications that thin the blood should not consume ginger, as it is known for its blood-thinning properties. Likewise, those who are on diabetes medication may need their dosages adjusted, as ginger is known to decrease blood sugar. The same is true for patients who are taking medication for high blood pressure. As ginger lowers blood pressure in some people, taking both a ginger supplement and prescription blood pressure medication can cause a severe drop in blood pressure.
Individuals who are undergoing treatment for certain types of cancers and autoimmune disorders should discuss using ginger for medicinal purposes with their physicians.
Sipping ginger tea is sometimes suggested for those attempting to lose weight. However, ginger can actually increase one’s appetite, causing them to become hungrier and subsequently gain weight. Ginger should not be used on a calorie restricted diet.