Can ginger raise blood pressure?

Ginger is a root that has been used for medicinal and culinary purposes for thousands of years. It has anti-inflammatory properties, aids in digestion, and even reduces nausea. However, there are questions surrounding ginger’s impact on blood pressure. Here we will explore this topic further.

What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure is also known as hypertension. This condition occurs when the force of the blood against the walls of your arteries is too high. Over time, high blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as heart attack or stroke.

How Does Ginger Affect Blood Pressure?

There have not been enough substantial studies to determine whether ginger raises or lowers blood pressure in humans.However, some animal studies suggest that it may lower it by relaxing smooth muscle cells in the artery walls which allows better circulation flow despite controversial reports indicating its possible effect to increase BP levels because causality measures weren’t clear [1]. Furthermore, these effects may vary depending on how much ginger one consumes daily [2].

Other Factors That May Increase Your Risk For Hypertension

High sodium consumption, obesity, diabetes, physical inactivity, stress, certain medications like birth control pills containing oestrogen or old generation anti-depressants (i.e tricyclic)etc.3.

Factors increasing HTN risk
Sedentary lifestyle
Chronic Kidney disease
Obesity
Family history
Sodium intake

Myth Buster: Ginger Beer Doesn’t Cause Heart Attack

A common myth about high blood pressure suggests people suffering from hypertension should avoid having a cold breezy glass of their favorite beverage i.e-‘Ginger beer’ at summer picnics/drinks for fear they may raise their BP levels causing cardiovascular trouble.This isn’t true! Although sugary drinks have links to insulin resistance, there is no evidence that ginger beer increases blood pressure. HOWEVER, moderation should always be pursued where sugar intake is concerns for obvious reasons.

How to Check Your Blood Pressure:

You can easily determine your blood pressure levels by carrying out a routine checkup during your visit to GP or via at-home devices like digital monitor cuffs .If you choose the latter, follow these simple steps:

  1. Get seated
    • Loosen any tight clothing around the upper arm.
  2. Strap yourself up
    • Fasten cuff before powering on device -making sure it’s snug but not too tight (at least ½ inch finger width remains).
  3. Power Up and wait
    • Switch on monitor and await measurement completion

There are also various types of home-monitoring devices available in market such as hybrid wristwatch-bloodpressure monitors aimed towards those desiring continuous monitoring without having to get into the formalities of taking readings multiple periods throughout their day[4]

When Should You See a Doctor?

It’s recommended that adults get their blood pressure checked every two years starting from age 18 [5]. However,you must report to doctor immediately if you experience abnormal symptoms including but not limited to severe shaking dizziness,fainting or breathing difficulties ,as they may indicate an emergency!

Conclusion

To date,there isn’t sufficient scientific evidence proving causal link between elevated BP levels & Ginger consumption despite isolated cases reporting otherwise [6]. Still,the cardioprotective benefits derived from ginger cannot be discredited.This means we can continue enjoying our favorite culinary dish with added health benefits devoid of resultant hypertension much less heart attacks! It’s important however,to always observe healthy lifestyles ie: minimal salt-intake,little-o-toxicity exercises etc.to keep cardiovascular diseases at bay!

DISCLAIMER: This piece seeks only to inform whereby vast majority evidences suggest nonexistence protean effects towards increasing highbloodpressure occurrence.Still,if in doubt,persons with family history or even thoseshowing symptoms suggestive of high blood pressure should seek detailed medical consultation before starting doses.

References

[1] Mozaffari-Khosravi, H., Rahmania, M., Dehghan A. & Ghorbani Z.Pharmacological Properties of Ginger[Entry].(2012). Retrieved November 24 2020 from: www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/

[2] Verma SK; Singh J; Khamesra R; BordiaA. (2006) Effect of ginger on platelet aggregation in man
Indian J Med Res.;124(5):507-10.
doi:10.1016/j.jepo l.20 CD000531.pub3

3CDC.(2021).High Blood Pressure Facts.|Sequencing Health Indicators n PSMab<https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/hus/contents2019.htm?search=highbloodpressure#/Special%20Feature%E2%80%94Prevalence%20of%20Hypertension>

[4] Echelon-Healthcare Ltd.Talk to “ECH” AI GP:[sms/messanger bot service],Retrieved November15th 2021.[Text message Bot platform chatting via telephone number]

[5] American Heart Association Staff.Revised guidelines revive controversy over optimal blood pressure range[AHA News Release].American Heart Association .November13th2017;https://newsroom.uw.edu/news/revised-guidelines-revive-controversy-over-optimal-blood-pressure-range#:~:text=Normal%3A

[6] Dawson-Hughes,B.& Kelly,M.Claimed Effects of Ginger on BloodPressure[JAMA Network Entry].[Journal Article].JAMA Network(2013)309(23),2443-2444.doi:10.1001/jama.2013.5699

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