If it weren’t for organic ginger ale, I don’t know how I would have survived my first trimester of pregnancy. Natural ginger ale is chockful of medicinal compounds that help an upset stomach; it can treat conditions ranging from morning sickness to gas pain. If you are interested in using ginger ale to soothe your upset stomach, consider these 5 basic facts.
1. The evidence is mixed.
Although there is strong evidence to support ginger’s use as a treatment for nausea and vomiting related to pregnancy, surgery, and chemotherapy, other uses are less well-studied. Ginger ale can theoretically ease symptoms of motion sickness, food poisoning, and viral infections such as the “stomach flu,” but these uses are based in tradition rather than solid scientific evidence. However…
2. It probably won’t hurt.
If your stomach is upset, there is really no harm in reaching for a bottle of ginger ale to help soothe these discomforts. Ginger is generally regarded as safe, or GRAS, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). That means that, as a food ingredient, it is unlikely to cause serious adverse reactions when it is used in moderation.
3. There are a few safety considerations.
Massive amounts of natural ginger ale may cause pregnancy complications, such as bleeding or uterine contractions. High-dose ginger might also alter the hormones of the unborn baby. Large amounts of ginger can also increase bleeding risk in people taking blood thinners. However, current evidence suggests that it is safe in the amounts found in food. Just don’t go overboard– one or two bottles of ginger ale per day should be the limit if you are pregnant or taking blood-thinners.
4. It has to be real ginger.
If you’re thinking about using ginger ale to help an upset stomach, don’t bother with Seagram’s or Canada Dry. These artificially flavored ginger ales contain little or no actual ginger, and they do not have the same medicinal effects. For the full benefits of ginger ale, choose a spicy natural brew such as Reed’s or Buffalo Rock. These drinks are healthier and more effective than their synthetic alternatives.
5. You may need conventional medicine.
There’s no harm in using ginger ale to help an upset stomach, unless you are suffering from a very serious medical condition. If you are showing severe symptoms such as bloody diarrhea, excessive vomiting, excruciating abdominal pain, or high fever, don’t just reach for the ginger ale; get emergency treatment. Ginger ale can help an upset stomach, but it is not likely to save your life in the event of a serious illness.
Source Used-The National Institutes of Health- Ginger.