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Side effects of excessive usage of ginger

Side effects of excessive usage of ginger

Ginger has many health benefits. It is used in foods, which is safe. However, the usage of ginger in large amounts has many side effects. Ginger is also available in the form of medicine and supplements.

If you are using these supplements, do not consume them more than the recommended doses, or else, it can lead to serious consequences. Especially it can cause severe complications in people with certain health conditions or use specific medicines. The average recommended dose of ginger is 0.5 g or 1 g, three to four times a day.

Here are the side effects of excessive usage of ginger:

  • Some studies showed that usage of ginger in large quantities could increase the secretion of bile and thereby the risk of gallstone formation. Hence avoid excessive usage of ginger to prevent the risk of formation of gallstones.
  • The salt content in ginger, salicylates can relieve pain. It also improves blood circulation in the body. However, people who suffer from haemophilia or those using blood-thinning medications should avoid its usage in large quantities due to the risk of excessive bleeding in the body.
  • Ginger can ease pain and inflammation in piles. However, some studies showed that ginger could cause itching, irritation and discomfort in some people suffering from piles. It may also increase the bleeding, which eventually can make the condition worse.
  • People with Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) should limit their ginger usage as it can cause acid reflux and heartburn.
  • Ginger improves kidney functioning. However, it is not recommended for people with severe kidney problems as it may increase creatinine in the blood.
  • As per some studies, ginger can cause thyroiditis which results in swelling or inflammation of the thyroid gland.
  • Usage of ginger in large quantities can cause heart palpitations and arrhythmias. Especially if you are using medications for cardiac disorders, you must limit the usage of ginger.
  • Some studies found that ginger may affect the secretion of serotonin which can cause depression and anxiety.
  • Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should also avoid its excessive usage as it may lead to miscarriage or trigger colic in babies.

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