People experiencing frequent acid reflux may turn to alternative and complementary medicines, such as ginger, to try and manage their symptoms. However, there are conflicting results on the use of ginger for acid reflux.
Acid reflux is a
When over-the-counter or prescription medications do not significantly reduce a person’s symptoms, individuals may look for other strategies to treat acid reflux. Some people claim that ginger helps reduce acid reflux-related symptoms.
This article examines how ginger can help acid reflux. It looks at the scientific evidence for and against its use for acid reflux, the health benefits of ginger, and its associated risks. It also discusses conventional treatments for acid reflux.
Research indicates that ginger has several benefits for gastrointestinal health.
Aiding gastric functions
Studies show that ginger
People frequently use ginger to reduce nausea. Research suggests that divided daily doses of around
Although studies show the potential of using ginger to help digestion and nausea, little evidence concludes that this spice relieves acid reflux.
One small 2019 study on people with advanced cancer mentioned that taking 1,650 mg of ginger daily for 14 days improved nausea, digestion, and reflux. However, most evidence reports the opposite, finding that ginger may worsen acid reflux and gastrointestinal discomfort.
Research indicates that ingesting more than
Scientific studies also show that ginger
Many studies report that ginger consumption
Learn more about the health benefits of ginger.
Ginger reportedly contains more than 100 compounds, including:
Mounting evidence suggests the compounds in ginger have the following properties:
- antioxidant properties, which can prevent or slow damage to cells from free radicals
- anti-inflammatory properties, which can help manage inflammation in the body
- anticancer, which means foods that contain nutrients that may lower the risk of cancer
- antiviral, which means something that protects against viruses
- cardiovascular protective properties, which can prevent the development of cardiovascular conditions
- respiratory protective properties, which can prevent the development of respiratory conditions
The properties of ginger may help various health conditions. However, more research is necessary to determine the effects it has and at what dosage.
A 2022 review of studies found that ginger may:
- gastrointestinal discomfort
- prolonged preexisting bleeding
- allergic reactions
- irregular and atypical heart rhythms, known as arrhythmia
- central nervous system depression
Research indicates that ingesting
Ginger root is a whole food. People can peel it, then slice or grate it to use when cooking. They can also eat it raw or use it as a spice in curries, soups, and salad dressings. Individuals can make ginger tea by crushing or mincing the root and steeping it in hot water.
People can also use ginger in powder form as a supplement, juices or smoothies as flavoring, baking, or crystallized candy form for colds and sore throats.
Learn more about the benefits of ginger tea.
- maintaining a moderate weight
- using extra pillows to elevate the head by 6–8 inches during sleep
- quitting smoking, if applicable
- altering diet to minimize acidic, high fat, and spicy foods
- H2 blockers
- proton pump inhibitors
Learn more about other foods for acid reflux.
Ginger has many properties that may prove helpful for several health conditions. Studies indicate that this spice may help manage nausea and improve digestion. However, there is little evidence ginger improves acid reflux or its symptoms.
Experts consider small amounts of ginger up to
Researchers need to conduct more studies before doctors recommend using ginger to benefit any health condition.