Though ginger root has a hot and spicy taste and Peppermint leaf has a cool minty taste, they are not added for their flavoring but rather for their different effects on the body. Either one will relieve digestive upsets and harmonize the formula but ginger supports more parts of the body than peppermint does. Ginger not only supports digestion, but also the cardiovascular and immune systems. Ginger also encourages the growth of friendly bacteria in the gut, dispels unwanted para-organisms, helps make the other herbs in the formula more bioavailable to the body and helps expel toxins.
Although we recommend ginger because of these additional benefits, that does not mean it is appropriate for all people to take. We have found that nearly 70% of our customers choose ginger and 30% choose peppermint. Please read the following information carefully to help you in making your decision. Don't make a choice based on taste alone, unless none of the conditions listed below apply to you.
Choose ginger if any of the following applies to you:
- if you have a feeling of cold most of the time or have a feeling of heat, but only in the afternoon or evening, often with night sweats
- if you usually like heat and dislike cold, except while experiencing a hot spell
- if you have cold extremities
CAUTION: if you have a hiatal hernia choose ginger because peppermint may cause more acid reflux due to a relaxing effect on the lower esophageal sphincter.
Choose peppermint if any of the following applies to you:
- if you have a feeling of heat most of the time
- if you usually like cold and dislike heat
- if you have a burning sensation in your stomach sometimes
CAUTION: if you are taking anticoagulant or antiplatelet drugs or aspirin choose peppermint because ginger at high doses may increase the blood thinning effect of these drugs but peppermint does not.
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