Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba is a unique species of tree which is widely prescribed as medicine. It’s nootropic properties have made it also become popular off-label.

Benefits:

  • Used as a memory, and concentration enhancer. [4]
  • Effective for treatment of dementia. [5]
  • Improves attention in healthy individuals within hours of intake [6][7]
  • Improves blood flow to nearly all tissues and organs. [8]
  • Protects against oxidative cell damage. [8]

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What Is Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo biloba, also known as the Maidenhair tree is a completely unique species of tree with no close relatives. The Ginko biloba is among the oldest living tree species and its leaves have been cultivated for hundreds of years. A single tree may live upwards of 1,000 years and grow to a height of 120 feet. Its branches contain fan-shaped leaves and inedible fruits that produce a strong odor. In today’s world the leaves are studied extensively for medical usage. The Ginko biloba ranks as one of the top medicines prescribed in France/Germany and continues to be among the best-selling herbal supplements in the United States/Europe.

Ginkgo Biloba Dosage Information

A dosage of equal to or greater than 240mg per day appears to be most effective when taking ginkgo alone. [2] When taken with ginseng the most effective doses were 360mg of ginkgo combined with 400mg of ginseng. [1]

How Does Ginkgo Biloba Work?

Even though over 40 unique components have been isolated in the Ginko tree only two are believed to be responsible for the tree’s wide variety of medical benefits. The first component is flavonoids. Flavonoids are the most common group of polyphenolic compounds found in the human diet and are found ubiquitously in plants. Flavonoids exert positive effects on the nervous system by protecting neurons against stress-induced injury by suppressing neuroinflamation and improving cognitive function. [3] Flavonoids are also known to protect the heart muscle, blood vessels, and retinas from damage. The other component with known medical benefits is Terpenoids. Terpenoids improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and by decreasing the stickiness of platelets allowing them move more freely.

Safety and Side Effects of Ginkgo Biloba

Even though side effects are rare, they may include vomiting, diarrhea, nauseam headaches, dizziness, heart palpitations, and restlessness. These side effects occur more often in patients with blood circulation disorders and those taking certain anticoagulants such as ibuprofen, warfarin, or aspirin. If any of these side effects are experiences it is recommended that consumption be stopped. Ginko should also not be taken by people who are currently on certain antidepressants or by pregnant women without consulting a doctor first.

Where Can I Buy Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo Biloba is a fairly common supplement that can be found at a wide variety of pharmacies and health stores. It is also easy to find online. If you wish to order it online you can compare prices with our Buyer’s Guide (coming soon) or just Buy Ginkgo Biloba Online!

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Ginkgo Biloba FAQ

Below are some of the most commonly asked questions about Ginkgo Biloba. If you have a question that’s not on this list, send it to us at [email protected] and we will answer it for you.

Should I Take Ginkgo Biloba?

If you are looking for a completely natural memory and concentration enhancer Ginko is a very good option. If you decide to add Ginkgo to your nootropic regimen you should consider taking Ginseng as well. An Article published by BBC News stated that Ginko has synergetic effects when taken with Ginseng. The researchers believe that the synergistic effect of these two plants may help students improve exam scores and help businessmen clinch that crucial deal. Despite that fact that these herbs are believed to boost energy and performance when taken over extended periods of time Dr. Scholey’s team discovered ginkgo improved intelligence after just one dose. Dr. Scholey stated in the article,

“Subjects were able to sustain their concentration for longer. Normally when people have to concentrate over an extended period of time, their reaction time begins to slow – ginkgo seemed to stop that slowing and one dose actually speeded them up”.

The most significant impact occurred when volunteers took a preparation of 60% ginseng and 40% ginkgo. [1]

If you have a man-made memory and attention enhancer and are looking to add a natural one this is a good option. If you already have one or more natural memory and attention enhancers you might be best to skip over this. (If you are using ginseng then seriously consider this as an addition to your regimen)

Also, if you are looking for an option completely free of side effects it might be best for you to look else ware. Even though side effects are rare, they are known to occur and will cause use to discontinue.

What Are Some Notable Ginkgo Studies?

A study conducted in 2005 on healthy younger volunteers concluded that Ginko biloba has been shown to improve attention and memory. The study was conducted to compare the effects of ginkgo after and acute and chronic treatment on tests of attention and memory. The study used a placebo controlled double blind design format and consisted of two experiments. In the first experiment researchers gave 26 students a 120mg dose while 26 were given a placebo. Tests were performed 4 hours later. In the second experiment 20 students were given the 120mg dose for 6 weeks while 20 were given the placebo. In both experiments the participants were tested for sustained attention, episodic and working memory, mental flexibility and planning, and completed mood rating scales. The results concluded that the single 120mg dose of ginkgo significantly improved performance on the sustained attention tasks and pattern-recognition memory. [3]

A second, similar study used doses of 240mg and 360mg along with a dose of 120mg. Cognitive performance was assessed using CDR computerized test battery immediately prior to the dosage and at hours 1, 2.5, 4, and 6. Those administered the ginkgo produced a number of positive changes in performance. The most notable changes occurred with the “speed of attention” factor. The end conclusion was the Ginkgo biloba is capable of producing sustained improvement in the attention of young, healthy volunteers. [7]

Cited Studies

1.http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/713087.stm

2. http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/ginkgo-biloba-000247.htm

3. Spencer, Jeremy P. E. (2008). “Flavonoids: modulators of brain function?”. British Journal of Nutrition 99: ES60–77. doi:10.1017/S0007114508965776. PMID 18503736.

4. Mahadevan, S.; Park, Y. (2007). “Multifaceted Therapeutic Benefits of Ginkgo biloba L.: Chemistry, Efficacy, Safety, and Uses”. Journal of Food Science 73 (1): R14–9. doi:10.1111/j.1750-3841.2007.00597.x. PMID 18211362.

5. Weinmann, S; Roll, S; Schwarzbach, C; Vauth, C; Willich, SN (2010). “Effects of Ginkgo biloba in dementia: systematic review and meta-analysis”. BMC geriatrics 10: 14. doi:10.1186/1471-2318-10-14. PMC 2846949. PMID 20236541.

6. Elsabagh, Sarah; Hartley, David E.; Ali, Osama; Williamson, Elizabeth M.; File, Sandra E. (2005). “Differential cognitive effects of Ginkgo biloba after acute and chronic treatment in healthy young volunteers”. Psychopharmacology 179 (2): 437–46. doi:10.1007/s00213-005-2206-6. PMID 15739076.

7. Kennedy, David O.; Scholey, Andrew B.; Wesnes, Keith A. (2000). “The dose-dependent cognitive effects of acute administration of Ginkgo biloba to healthy young volunteers”. Psychopharmacology 151 (4): 416–23. doi:10.1007/s002130000501. PMID 11026748.

8. Smith, P; MacLennan, K; Darlington, CL (1996). “The neuroprotective properties of the Ginkgo biloba leaf: a review of the possible relationship to platelet-activating factor (PAF)”. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 50 (3): 131–9. doi:10.1016/0378-8741(96)01379-7. PMID 8691847.