7 Reasons Not to Eat Ginger

Ginger is a healing food and universal folk remedy used for everything from stomach upset to treating the common cold or relieving joint and back pain. But despite its health benefits, the spice is not good for everyone and everything. In fact, eating ginger can be both good and bad for you, depending on what you may be suffering from. Some of the same compounds that give it its strong anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties can engender unpleasant side effects such as stomach upset and disturbed sleep and worsen gastritis and hemorrhoids. If eating ginger makes you feel worse, know that there is a reason behind why it’s just not good for you.

Is ginger good or bad for you? Truthfully, ginger can be both good and bad for you, depending on how you use it, what for and whether or not you are sensitive to the compounds that make it what it is. Overall, if it makes you feel better after eating it, then it’s most likely good for you and you can keep eating it. If not, then it might be wise to look for other natural remedies and solutions for what is ailing you. And if you are looking to know what it’s bad for and why, here are 7 powerful reasons why you shouldn’t eat ginger:

Why not eat ginger

1) Makes hemorrhoids worse. As someone who has been dealing with hemorrhoids for years, I can tell you that ginger is the worst. The spice is bad for hemorrhoids because it irritates them, causing swelling, pain, itchiness and significant discomfort overall. The fact that it encourages bleeding makes it much worse for piles. The second day after adding a pinch of powder ginger to a fruit juice, my hemorrhoids acted up so bad I couldn’t sit down for 3 days, despite the fact that up to that point I was managing them great with diet alone.

2) Bad for gastritis. Many people recommend eating ginger for your stomach saying it’s healthy and that it calms discomfort, indigestion and helps eradicate Helicobacter pylori, the bacteria causing gastritis and stomach ulcers. Indeed, there are reports of people having treated their gastritis with ginger and honey and studies confirm the anti-Helicobacter pylori activity of ginger extracts. At the same time, not everyone eating ginger has cured their gastritis, but made it worse instead. For some people, ginger is a strong irritant and can worsen gastritis incredibly, aggravating stomach lining damage and intensifying the irritation and discomfort.

Even worse is mixing ginger and lemon because the citric acid in lemons can further irritate the stomach lining. If you want a natural approach towards gastritis treatment, know that manuka honey with a high methylglyoxal content is reportedly much more effective for gastritis than ginger (read more about Manuka honey MGO, UMF and KFactor). And remember to ask your doctor first and check for a potential allergy to honey or manuka pollen.

Ginger bad for you

3) Worsens acid reflux. Acid reflux is a condition in which stomach juices escape from the stomach and rise up into the esophagus, causing inflammation and discomfort. Ginger is a proven irritant for the skin, blood vessels and mucous membranes and can have an irritating effect on the stomach lining, encouraging acid reflux. See what foods to eat and to avoid for acid reflux.

4) Intensifies heartburn and causes heart palpitations. Eating ginger is known to cause mild to severe heartburn, a burning feeling in the chest that occurs with indigestion or other digestive problems. All strong spices, from ginger to pepper and hot chili peppers can cause heartburn. The more you eat, the more severe the symptoms, even leading to heart palpitations.

Powder ginger, whole ginger root, ginger extracts and supplements, even ginger tea have been known to cause palpitations (when you feel your heart is racing or pounding or experience irregular heartbeats such as skipped heartbeats or extra heartbeats). Certain people, especially those with existing heart or digestive conditions, may be more sensitive to the side effects of ginger.

5)Ā Insomnia. If you are wondering why not eat ginger especially at night, then know it can cause insomnia. Because it worsens gastritis, acid reflux, heartburn and causes palpitations and even indigestion, eating itĀ before bed can keep you up all night. Moreover, some people report having headaches, a side effect that can be attributed to the lack of sleep caused by the digestive upset or to the fact that the spice stimulates blood flow.

6) Indigestion. Ginger has an irritating effect and eating too much can easily lead to indigestion and common symptoms such as intestinal gas, bloating, eructation and flatulence. These effects can lead to other problems in those suffering from irritable bowel syndrome or other inflammatory conditions of the digestive system.

7) Uterine contractions and bleeding. Eating ginger can potentially cause uterine contractions because it stimulates blood flow and encourages bleeding. This is why it’s not recommended too eat too much in pregnancy, or at all. Your doctor will know best so consult him or her on the matter. Also, becauseĀ ginger has the potential to reduce platelet aggregation, this makes it bad for people with poor blood coagulation because it encourages bleeding. The spice has also been shown to interact with anticoagulant medication. Turmeric, a relative ofĀ ginger, contains curcumin, a compound with similar anticoagulant properties.


Ginger is a wonderful anti-inflammatory food with potential benefits for arthritis and various inflammatory conditions and excellent for treating nausea and morning sickness. It holds several other beneficial effects which have lead to it being considered an overall healthy food, good for everyone and everything. Nevertheless, the same properties that make ginger good for some people and certain medical conditions cause side effects for other people and may worsen other health issues, particularly conditions associated with the digestive system. So while some of us may benefit immensely from eating ginger, others may benefit more from avoiding it. And it’s okay either way because we are all different and what may be good for some doesn’t necessarily have to be good for all of us.

This post was updated on Tuesday / July 28th, 2020 at 11:46 PM

12 thoughts on “7 Reasons Not to Eat Ginger”

  1. A nonsense article. I could tell you 7 reasons air is bad for you.

    • Hello, Brian. You must be fortunate because you can eat ginger and it’s good for you. But please don’t speak for other people. Others may have conditions you don’t know about, conditions that react badly to certain compounds in ginger and, for them, it’s better to avoid it altogether. I am one of these people and I can honestly say ginger is something that I simply can’t and mustn’t eat. You can’t expect to consider only yourself and speak for everyone at the same time.

    • No matter what you read, the next article will contradict it. So, I think it best to try a little of whatever and see how you do. I’ve got terrible chronic gastritis and all the info I’ve found and tried is just not real, I think.

    • That’s right, Jessie. You should try different foods to see if they are good for you or not. That’s the only way you can know for sure if you should be eating some things or not. Because no food is universally healthy and no food is good for everyone. Very often, foods that are healthy for others are not necessarily that good for us. The same is true for ginger: some people enjoy a lot of benefits from it, others experience mostly side effects and just can’t eat it. Hence the article on why it’s bad to eat ginger.

      And benefits and side effects can coexist in foods which gives them the potential to be both good and bad for us. But it’s up to us as readers to research information we read and see if it applies to us. And understand that even when something we may read doesn’t resonate with us, it can still hold great value for others who are either just different or going through different things at the moment. So we shouldn’t be looking at contradicting information as a bad thing, but instead appreciate that it reveals the truth behind foods. To me, such information is that more valuable because it helps me understand how a food can be good for me and bad at the same time and help me make an informed decision regarding what I eat.

      As a gastritis sufferer myself, I would like to invite you to read the articles Gastritis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatment, Foods to Eat and to Avoid for Gastritis and my 1 Week Gastritis Diet Plan. There are filled with information gathered from my long experience with the stomach condition and they could maybe help you too. After all, you have to try it for yourself, right? Wishing you lots of health!

    • lol…ā€¦..indeed, what he/she said here should be viewed with a healthy dose of scepticism

    • Hi, Darrel. If ginger is good for you, then great! It does have its benefits. That can’t be denied. But it’s also true that ginger has side effects. While you and others may not have experienced any side effects from eating ginger, I have and so have others like me. This article is meant to represent people like myself who have experienced side effects from eating ginger. Representation is important because a lot of people keep eating foods that make them feel unwell just because they are promoted as ‘functional’ foods, ‘superfoods’ or ‘cure-all’ foods.

      Ginger is one of those highly publicized healthy foods that are actually not (that) good for absolutely everyone. So many people keep forcing themselves to eat/use ginger just because of its good ‘name’. Reading that it’s normal to have experienced side effects and that it’s okay to look for alternatives to ginger that offer the same benefits, but without the side effects helps. It helps people not force themselves to eat foods whose side effects outweigh the benefits. This article is just that.

  2. I had vag. bleeding and lightheadedness; ginger is a known blood thinner. That’s great if you want thinner blood with less clotting.

    • Hi, Linda. Ginger does have anti-coagulant properties, but it’s best you go to the doctor for any signs of abnormal bleeding. Wishing you lots of health!

  3. Oh yes, ginger causing insomnia is exactly what happens to me when taking it.
    Gas as well.
    But I’m sensitive to more herbs. Kurkuma, cinnamon, cacao are things I stay away from as well.
    And also ginseng, same reason. Insomnia.

    • Thank you for sharing your experience, Renato. For the most part, the insomnia after eating ginger (but also turmeric, curcumin supplements, cocoa, chocolate, paprika from sweet and spicy peppers and several other herbs) is caused by stomach acidity. These herbs can really work up the stomach in some people, especially those with existing gastrointestinal problems such as GERD or acid reflux disease or gastritis. Ginseng is stimulating of the nervous system and its insomnia-causing effects are attributed to this particular property. As someone with a history of acid reflux and gastritis, I can tell you that avoidance is the best solution. But infrequent consumption is possible without side effects. Thank you again, Renato, and wishing you lots of health!

  4. Certainly Big Pharma, which dispenses it’s own toxic ‘pain relievers’, would be pleased with this article. I wasn’t.

    • Hi, Darrel. This article wasn’t meant to please you or anybody else. It’s great that ginger is good for you and that you haven’t experienced side effects as a result of eating it. That being said, other people have. Just because ginger is good for you, that doesn’t mean it’s good for absolutely everyone. Ginger has benefits and it has side effects. It’s not personal. It’s just how it is. It’s good to keep an open mind about things like this. Not all foods are 100% side effect-free. Just think about the fact that soy, milk proteins, nut proteins and so many other foods cause life-threatening allergic reactions. Wishing you lots of health!

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