Ginger is a wonderful plant with many nutritional benefits. It even has medicinal purposes as it is chock full of antioxidants and even some anti-inflammatory properties. That’s why you can find ginger just about everywhere these days. In teas, juices, and even in various chewables. It can do wonders for your digestive system and can help beat a cold. But be careful, ginger isn’t for everyone. In fact, if you have any of the following conditions you should definitely stay away from ginger.

YOU HAVE A BLOOD DISORDER

If you have a blood disorder you should definitely avoid ginger. Ginger can actually boost blood circulation, which may sound like a good thing. But for people with hemophilia or for those whose blood simply doesn’t clot normally, this improved circulation can actually be dangerous. And on top of that, the ginger can interfere with whatever ever medication one might be taking to treat the blood disorder. Which brings us to our next reason to avoid ginger…

YOU TAKE CERTAIN MEDICATIONS

As we just mentioned, ginger can interfere with and hinder the effects of certain medications. These include but are not limited to beta-blockers, anticoagulants, and insulin. Ginger can also interfere with more minor medications like various antihistamines and antacids. Or, even scarier, they can diminish the effects of heart medication. If you’re worried that ginger may affect any medication you are taking you should consult with your doctor as soon as possible.

YOU ARE UNDERWEIGHT OR SUFFER FROM ANOREXIA

This is a tricky one because ginger can actually be very helpful when trying to lose weight. It is high in fiber, it increases the amount of digestive enzymes produced, and helps suppress the appetite. But if you’re already underweight or even suffering from anorexia, ginger can be very dangerous as it makes the situation even worse by creating further weight loss and lowered muscled mass.

YOU ARE PREGNANT

Ginger should definitely be avoided by pregnant women because it can actually prematurely trigger contractions and even labor altogether. It can also stop the mother (and therefore the child) from getting the proper amount of dietary and fat-soluble vitamins. Even scarier, eating too much ginger while pregnant can be a contributing factor in a miscarriage. So if you or someone you know is pregnant get that ginger out of here already!

If you have any further questions about the negative or positive effects of ginger you should contact your doctor at your earliest convenience.