Ginger has been used for centuries for its healing properties.
It has long been considered an aphrodisiac and is widely used for treating sore throat, cough, diarrhea, and other ailments.
But its health benefits can be overstated.
When ginger is consumed as a tea, it can cause a variety of health problems, including heartburn, dizziness, and stomach problems.
Ginger tea is also very potent in the sense that it can stimulate the production of inflammatory compounds that contribute to many of the health problems caused by excessive alcohol consumption.
And while ginger tea contains the herb in its leaves, its medicinal value is not nearly as clear-cut as some other herbal remedies.
A 2014 study in The Lancet journal showed that the herb has potential as a treatment for a range of diseases, including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
But ginger tea has long proven to be a risky and addictive practice, according to the American Heart Association.
To prevent addiction and to curb the risk of death and serious illness from cardiovascular disease caused by heartburn and other metabolic problems, the American College of Cardiology recommends that people who are taking ginger tea should avoid it completely.
And a 2015 review of the scientific literature published in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggested that ginger tea can also be toxic to the liver, kidneys, and lungs.
“I think that ginger is more dangerous than cigarettes,” says Dr. William McBride, an endocrinologist and author of The Ginger Book: A Practical Guide to Healthful Ginger Tea.
He notes that people should be wary of the consumption of ginger tea because its health effects are often not well-understood.
Ginger’s toxic properties are often misunderstood.
“There’s this notion that ginger has no health effects,” McBride says.
“But there’s a huge amount of data to support that it has potentially harmful effects on a variety.
And it’s not something you should take lightly.”
The most common adverse health effects from ginger tea include headaches, fatigue, nausea, abdominal cramps, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps.
Some people report having a variety that includes headache, fatigue and a few other symptoms.
But McBride argues that ginger does not appear to be particularly dangerous for the liver and kidneys.
In fact, he notes, it may actually increase their production of a compound that helps protect the liver from damage caused by alcohol.
In the same way that drinking tea can boost the production and release of nitric oxide, drinking ginger tea increases the release of the compound that is metabolized by the liver.
And ginger tea is often used as a laxative, which is a laxatives’ primary purpose is to remove toxins from the body.
In this case, McBride believes ginger tea may actually enhance the production.
And since ginger tea helps to increase nitric oxides, the result is an increased amount of nitrous oxide in the body, which may be harmful to the body and potentially fatal.
“Ginger is known to be one of the most toxic compounds in the human body,” says McBride.
“And it’s quite a powerful compound.”
The Bottom Line Ginger tea’s toxic effects are generally overstated, and it has not been studied extensively to understand whether ginger tea causes any harm to the heart or the liver of users.
But a growing body of evidence indicates that ginger can be toxic, especially when consumed as an herbal tea.
As a tea containing the herb, it has potential for addiction and can cause serious harm to both the liver (which produces the compound) and the kidneys (which can metabolize the compound).
McBride and other health professionals recommend ginger tea as a safe alternative to smoking, and in general, avoid it at all costs.
“It’s just an incredibly powerful tea,” says MacBride.
To find out if ginger tea really is the herbal remedy it’s made out to be, McWilliams recommends that you ask your doctor for a prescription and use it for at least a year to find out what your body can handle.
“You don’t want to do anything that would cause you to get sick,” McWilliams says.