In today’s article, we’ll discuss the safety of ginger pills in general and during pregnancy. Before that, we’re going to explain what exactly ginger is and what are its health benefits.
What is Ginger?
Ginger is a perennial plant with an underground stem that has brown skin and pink flesh. The most common form of ginger is the rhizome which can be eaten raw or cooked. Ginger contains compounds called gingerols, shogaols, and zingerones which have anti-inflammatory properties and help to reduce nausea, colds, headaches, arthritis pain, menstrual cramps, colic in babies, and other conditions.
Some people use ginger as an alternative treatment for cancer symptoms when they are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Ginger can also be used as a natural remedy for motion sickness when it is consumed before traveling by car or boat.
Ginger also reduces the risk of heart attacks by thinning the blood, reducing inflammation, and lowering cholesterol levels.
How Can Ginger Be Consumed?
You can consume ginger raw by slicing it up and adding it to your salad. You can also cook with ginger by adding a little bit to your cooking or baking. You can also make tea out of ginger by boiling some water and adding ginger root to the pot for about five minutes before straining out the pieces. This will give you a spicy, aromatic tea that is perfect for cold winter days!
Alternatively, you can also buy dried ground ginger powder and ginger tea bags.
Ginger can also be taken through supplements in different doses. It is often found there as a ginger extract.
What Is The Recommended Dose of Ginger?
Examine recommends doses of 1-3g of ginger for preventing nausea and easing digestion.
However, the recommended dose of ginger in supplements varies from person to person, so the best way to find out is by talking with your doctor about what’s best for you.
Some studies suggest that the optimal ginger dosage is 500-1000mg per day. That dosage is not as high, it will still be potent, and at the same time, you won’t have to worry about side effects.
So, Can I Take Ginger Pills While Pregnant?
Can you take ginger pills while pregnant? There are different opinions about the safety of ginger during pregnancy. Some experts say that ginger is safe for pregnant women when used in small doses and not taken on a regular basis, and some disagree with that.
A study from 2009 shows us that ginger in pill (capsule) form is effective at alleviating pregnancy nausea and vomiting at doses of around 1,000mg per day.
In our opinion, if you’re pregnant, before deciding to take a ginger supplement, it would be best to consult your doctor first.
Should I Take Ginger Pills With Food?
This is a tricky question, as it depends on what you are taking the ginger pills for.
If you have an upset stomach, then taking them with food will help to reduce the risk of nausea. However, if you are taking them for joint pain, then it is best to take them on an empty stomach.