Ginkgo Biloba Review: A Natural Way To Sharpen Your Mind (2018) 5/5 (2)

Gingko Biloba is a top-selling supplement containing an extract that comes from this remarkable tree. This natural remedy acts as an antioxidant, an anti-stress and an antidepressant agent. Now let’s review all the benefits this brain booster has to offer.

Great antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent

Protects the brain and enhances memory

Soothes bladder infection and increases sexual energy

Interacts with anti-coagulant and antiplatelet medications

Must not be taken by pregnant and lactating women, children under the age of 18

1. What is Ginkgo Biloba? 

One feels a certain respect for a creature – the forest tree which survived unaltered for 200 million years and looks unmoved by the given conditions. Ginkgo went through the drift of continents, the rise of the mountain range, the coming and going of eons of reptiles and ages of ice.

Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory agent, an antidepressant, a natural anticoagulant, an anti-stress agent and even an antidiabetic.

It is the only member of a group of ancient plants believed to have inhabited the earth up to 200 million years ago. It’s believed that it was first used for its medicinal properties in Ancient China.

How cool is that?

Here is some basic information about Ginkgo Biloba tree:

  • Common name: Maidenhair tree
  • Family: Ginkgoaceae
  • Native range: Southern China
  • Blooming time: April
  • Height: 50.00 to 80.00 feet
  • Spread: 30.00 to 40.00 feet

So, what are the main benefits of Gingko Biloba?

2. Ginkgo Biloba Benefits

Ginkgo Biloba has many positive effects. [1] Let’s check them out:

  • It helps to improve blood circulation, restore vision, cognition, symptoms of psychiatric disorders
  • Can prevent problems with antidepressant-induced sexual dysfunction, infections, fatigue, metabolic syndrome, respiratory diseases and allergies, cancer and bed wetting
  • Protects the skin, the heart, the liver, from hearing disorders
  • Has a positive effect on mood and a DNA protective effect
  • It relieves symptoms of premenstrual syndrome
  • Reduces mucosal damage
  • Decreases the symptoms of intermittent claudication
  • Inhibits anxiety
  • Soothes bladder irritation

Are you also thinking of supplementing Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

3. How to Take Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo is available in capsule form, as tablets, liquid extracts, and as dried leaf for teas, so it’s a matter of taste and convenience.

There is no standard dose of Ginkgo Biloba supplements. The evidence seems to support the safety of taking 120–240 mg divided into several doses throughout the day. Ginkgo Biloba is taken orally and it should be taken with meals.

Do not eat fresh (raw) or roasted Ginkgo seeds. These can be poisonous and have serious side effects.

Remember, it can take up to six weeks before you begin to notice any effects.

As with any herbal supplement, there are risks involved. Ginkgo could lead to serious health complications if you are allergic or taking certain medications.

The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

For anxiety: 80 mg or 160 mg of a Ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761 has been taken three times per day for 4 weeks.

For dementia: 60-480 mg per day of Ginkgo leaf extract, divided in two or three doses, has been taken for up to one year. The most commonly studied dose is 120-240 mg per day with 240 mg possibly being more effective. Most of the clinical studies on the effectiveness of ginkgo leaf for dementia have used the standardized extracts EGb 761 (Dr. Willmar Schwabe Pharmaceuticals and Ipsen) and LI 1370 (Lichtwer Pharma).

For retinal damage caused by diabetes: 120 mg of a Ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761 has been taken daily for 6 months.

For walking leg pain related to poor circulation (claudication, peripheral vascular disease): 120-240 mg per day of Ginkgo leaf extract (EGb 761), divided into two or three doses, has been used for up to 6.1 years. The higher dose may be more effective.

For dizziness (vertigo): 160 mg of a Ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761 has been taken once daily or in two divided doses daily for 3 months.

For premenstrual syndrome (PMS): 80 mg of a Ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761 has been taken twice daily, starting on the sixteenth day of the menstrual cycle until the fifth day of the next cycle. Also 40 mg of a Ginkgo leaf extract called Ginkgo T.D. has been taken three times daily starting on the sixteenth day of the menstrual cycle until the fifth day of the next cycle.

For vision loss related to glaucoma: 120 to 160 mg of Ginkgo leaf extract has been taken in two or three divided doses per day for up to 12.3 years.

For schizophrenia: 120-360 mg of a Ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761 (Yi Kang Ning, Yang Zi Jiang Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Jiangsu, China) has been used daily for 8-16 weeks.

For the movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia: 80 mg of a Ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761, three times daily for 12 weeks, has been used. [2]

4. Ginkgo Biloba Side Effects

It’s important to talk to your doctor before including Ginkgo in your routine.

For most adults, the risks associated with taking Ginkgo are relatively low, but there are cases in which Ginkgo could cause serious harm.

If you are allergic to plants that contain alkyl phenols or taking certain medications, you should not take Ginkgo.

Ginkgo Biloba Review

Ginkgo Biloba Review

Possible side effects include: [3]

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Rash/allergic reaction
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Forceful heartbeat
  • Allergic skin reactions

Ginkgo has the potential to interact unfavorably with certain medications. Some interactions could increase the risk of bleeding.

Do not take Ginkgo Biloba with:

  • Ibuprofen
  • Medications that slow blood clotting (Anticoagulant / Antiplatelet drugs)
  • Warfarin (Coumadin)
  • Alprazolam (Xanax)
  • Buspirone (BuSpar)
  • Efavirenz (Sustiva) – the anti-HIV drug.
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Medications which are changed by the liver (Cytochrome P450 1A2 (CYP1A2) substrates).
  • Medications for diabetes and medications that increase the chance of having a seizure.
  • Trazodone (Desyrel) [4]

5. Who Shouldn’t Take Ginkgo Biloba?

There are many benefits of taking Ginkgo Biloba as a supplement.

However, there are some possible vulnerable groups of people that aren’t recommended to take Ginkgo. Those are:

  • Infants and children
  • Not intended for use by persons under the age of 18
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding women or women trying to get pregnant
  • Those with deficiency of the enzyme glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD)
  • People who use some types of antidepressants
  • People taking blood thinners
  • Patients with diabetes, bleeding disorders, seizures
  • People who are planning any medical procedure or have any medical condition should first consult with their doctor

Besides, as I always point out, it is really recommended to consult your doctor before taking Ginkgo.

 6. Ginkgo Biloba Reviews

There are several feedbacks and reviews on Ginkgo Biloba as a supplement. Below are just a few of them:

»My short term memory has never been good and my focus often impaired, but with the Gingko I function normally. Over the last 10 years I have taken 120 mg/day and at any time I run out or forget to take it after a few days, it is obvious that I need this supplement. »

»This product helps with my vision. I will not say it will help you. I will say you need to learn everything about your ailment and see you doctor. A good doctor knows that not everything you have needs to be fixed with an expensive pill. «

»As soon as I took this I remembered to write a review. Lol. Memory has improved quite a bit because of this product. «

»Didn’t really notice a difference between not taking it or taking it. Remember everyone is different. If it didn’t do nothing for me, it might do something for you. «

»Ginkgo has significantly improved my overall circulation, which has helped with memory, reduction in inflammation, and just all-round sense of well-being. I feel a lot more mentally alert when taking this. I also have fewer headaches and tension when taking this, probably due to better blood flow to the brain. Highly recommended. «

»Amazing stuff. Since I started taking Gingko, I have more brain power, creativity, and a more complete, deeper thought process. (Really!) I’ve even started to learn Arabic and its coming quite easily to me. This stuff is incredible. «

 7. Where to Buy Ginkgo Biloba?

You can buy capsules of Ginkgo extracts and it is also available as tinctures, capsules, tablets and dried leaves/tea.

You can buy Ginkgo Biloba here >>

Or, if you prefer to take it as a part of a more advanced nootropics stack (my recommendation), check out Qualia Mind here >>

 8. My Recommendation

I used to be taking Ginkgo Biloba during my exams at the university and I loved it.

Honestly, I cannot say that I felt a huge difference in my performance, but hey, I was chosen as the best student of the year at one of the top 60 World Universities…..

Anyhow, in the past years, I’ve been taking Ginkgo Biloba with other ingredients as part of nootropic stacks (you can check them out here) and I never experienced any side effects.

I love it and I can confirm that my memory has definitely improved in the past years. If this is only because of Ginkgo Biloba or due to the mix of other ingredients, I cannot really say.

But I’d definitely recommend taking Ginkgo Biloba, just be careful with the daily dosage.

 9. FAQ

  • Why should I take Ginkgo Biloba?

It is an antioxidant, an anti-inflammatory agent, an antidepressant, a natural anticoagulant, an anti-stress agent and an antidiabetic.

  • Is it safe taking Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo Biloba appears to be safe overall and the side effects are rare. It has an excellent safety record and except for the assumed possible risk of hemorrhage in patients taking anticoagulants, having bleeding disorders or are about to undergo surgery, Ginkgo appears to be very safe but as with any herbal supplement, there are (although small) risks involved.

  • What side effects does Ginkgo Biloba cause?

It is possible to have an allergic reaction to or other side effects from Ginkgo Biloba. This supplement may cause a higher risk of bleeding due to anti-clotting properties, so do not take it for two weeks before surgery or with other blood-thinning drugs, such as aspirin, NSAIDs, or anticoagulants. Also avoid Gingko Biloba, if you are taking seizure medications.

  • Can Ginkgo Biloba prevent memory loss and improve cognitive function?

Ginkgo Biloba extract, derived from the leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree, is often touted as a memory aid. But it appears unlikely that Ginkgo Biloba extract can slow or prevent age-related memory problems, or memory loss associated with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease.

Several small, early studies showed modest improvements in cognitive function for older adults with dementia. However, a number of larger studies haven’t confirmed that Ginkgo Biloba extract prevents memory loss or slows the progression of cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s disease in older adults. In adults with normal cognition or mild cognitive impairment, Ginkgo Biloba does not slow cognitive decline.

Although some studies have shown slight improvements in cognitive function for people taking Ginkgo Biloba, most experts feel that Ginkgo Biloba hasn’t lived up to its early promises and don’t recommend its use as memory aid.

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