Ginger has many health benefits and people also use it as a natural acid reflux remedy. Experience shows that ginger might soothe heartburn and other reflux symptoms.
However, scientific studies about the connection between ginger and acid reflux are few and far between.
Let’s take a closer at look how ginger might help acid reflux sufferers:
Health benefits of ginger
Ginger can soothe many common symptoms of acid reflux:
Ginger is also used as home remedy and is of immense value in treating various gastric ailments like constipation, dyspepsia, belching, bloating, gastritis, epigastric discomfort, gastric ulcerations, indigestion, nausea and vomiting and scientific studies have validated the ethnomedicinal uses.(source)
It has many other health benefits:
- anti-inflammatory properties
- strong anti-oxidant
- improves swallowing
- restores gut microbiota
- promotes gastric emptying
Risk of consuming too much ginger
Consuming too much ginger can have various side effects:
- mouth and throat irritation
- stomach pain
- interaction with drugs (blood thinner, diabetes, and high blood pressure drugs)
How much ginger is too much?
Most sources seem to recommend consuming no more than 4-5 grams of ginger per day.
Watch out for this, because too much ginger might cause heartburn, the very symptom you’re trying to avoid!
Another potential risk is an allergy to ginger. This type of allergy is quite rare, but some people do experience allergic reactions after eating ginger.
The most common reactions are rashes and hives, but sometimes more severe symptoms might occur:
- swollen throat
- stomach pain
In rare cases, people might have anaphylaxis (breathing difficulties). This is the most severe allergic reaction and requires immediate medical help.
Ginger & acid reflux
As mentioned above, ginger can relieve many symptoms of acid reflux:
Ginger also helps to restore gut microbiota, which is important for proper digestion.
The delay in gastric emptying associated with gastroparesis can lead to prolonged gastric retention of food that may have a propensity to reflux.(source)
Looks like ginger helps to fight acid reflux in many different ways, therefore it seems to be an effective remedy for most reflux patients.
Is ginger tea good for acid reflux?
Yes, ginger tea is widely used for acid reflux and most of the time it is effective.
Ginger tea is probably the most common form of consuming ginger. It is often used to relieve cold, but it can be an effective heartburn remedy too.
Simply add small ginger slices to your favorite tea. Make sure the tea is still very hot and wait a few minutes so that the ginger can release its natural compounds.
Once it cooled down, you can add some honey or lemon, if they don’t trigger acid reflux symptoms for you.
If you are experiencing heartburn, try drinking only small sips of ginger tea. This might help to wash off the stomach acids from the esophagus.
After a large meal, when your stomach is full, don’t drink too much ginger tea, as it might make things worse by increasing pressure in the stomach and forcing more digestive juice into the food pipe.
How to consume ginger?
Ginger can be consumed in many different ways and can be added to a wide variety of foods and drinks:
- Ginger water: put some ground ginger into water and boil them together. You might add honey or lemon to the ginger water, to make it taste even better. However, if you are prone to acid reflux, watch out for both honey and lemon, as they might cause symptoms.
- Ginger tea: You can also add ground or cut up ginger to your favorite tea.
- Soup: Add grated or ground ginger to hot, creamy soups.
- Pies: Ginger can give a great extra flavor to many pies, like peach & ginger pie or pumpkin pie.
- Ginger gum: There is scientific evidence that sugar-free chewing gums soothe acid reflux. Ginger gums are even more effective, thanks to the small amount of ginger they contain.
Ginger is a great natural remedy for many health problems.
It soothes many common acid reflux symptoms, improves gut health by restoring the gut microbiota, and promotes gastric motility.
Albeit there are not too many scientific studies about the effect of ginger on acid reflux, it looks like they back up its benefits.
Fortunately, ginger tastes great and can be added to many foods and drinks.
Just make sure you don’t consume more than the 4-5 grams of the daily recommended amount, otherwise, it might cause heartburn and other symptoms.