Ginkgo Biloba is an ancient Chinese herb, which is an extract made from the leaf of the Ginkgo tree.
It is the most well-documented plant extract used to support brain function – there are more than 1,000 studies of Ginkgo Biloba from all over the world.
Benefits Of Ginkgo Biloba
The consensus is that Ginkgo does help many people enhance a variety of brain functions.
It has been shown to reduce age-related memory problems, absentmindedness, and concentration problems.
It may also help ease dizziness and vertigo, which often accompany forgetfulness, and tinnitus.
Very rigorous study published in 1997 in the Journal of the American Medical Association duplicated these results: Patients who took Ginkgo for one month enjoyed enhanced memory and attention span.
This enhancement was even more noticeable when patients took the herb for three months. A 1995 study found that high doses of Ginkgo helped Alzheimer’s patients as well.
However, many experts believe its more significant contribution may be as a preventer of cognitive decline than as a treatment.
In Germany and France, Ginkgo is very popular, where more than 10 million prescriptions are written every year; in the United States it is available without a prescription.
Ginkgo seems to achieve its many miracles in several ways. It increases the circulation of blood to the brain in the first place, which improves the supply of oxygen, nutrients, and glucose. This enables neurons to create the energy and other chemical reactions you need to think and remember.
It also boosts circulation to the inner ear, thus explaining its power to help heal tinnitus and dizziness, a malfunction of the nerves in the ear.
Protection Against Free Radical Damage
Ginkgo in the second place protects against free-radical damage and reduces inflammation. This further enhances circulation by keeping your cardiovascular system in shape, and also protects the nerve cells themselves.
It is recommended that you take an extract standardized to 24 percent flavoneglycosides and 6 percent terpenelactones, or capsules of the dried herb. For prevention take 40 mg of standardized extract, or 120 mg of capsules daily, in divided doses
If you have mild to moderate symptoms, you may take up to three times this dose. Some people notice an improvement within two to three weeks of beginning treatment, but, in most cases, you need to take Ginkgo for at least three months before you enjoy the full benefits.
Gingko Biloba Side Effects
Gingko biloba is basically devoid of any serious side effects. When starting the herb, some people have reported mild headaches for a day or two and some people have reported mild stomach upset.
Do not take Ginkgo if you are on a blood-thinning medication, including ibuprofen or aspirin, because Ginkgo can add to the blood-thinning effect. For the same reason, prevent taking Ginkgo for two weeks prior to any surgery, including oral surgery.