Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba Supplements

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Introduction

Today I’m going to talk about the benefits of ginkgo biloba supplements.  Ginkgo Biloba had been around for a very long time and is, in fact, one of the oldest natural medicines ever used. Back years and years ago it was primarily for energy gain and a few other benefits.

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Closeup of Ginkgo Biloba and herbal pills

Now, thousands of years later research shows us that it not only gives us energy but improves our blood flow. This is why research is being conducted one blood flow related problems such as headaches and some vision impairments and sexual problems. (1) Another benefit of Ginkgo Biloba is its effect on exercise-induced leg cramps (claudication). (2)

What we are most interested in the nootropic benefits of the leaves of this plant. A doctor named Dr. Andrew Scholey found that ginkgo had the immediate benefits of improved concentration, memory, and attention. (3) The reason he found was that the extract promotes Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is an energy molecule that improves nerve cell transmission. Thirty-four studies have been performed that all prove that Ginkgo has very positive effects on our minds.

You can also find Ginkgo Biloba as a key ingredient in  Neuro Peak

So How Does Ginkgo Biloba Work

Flavonoids are an excellent influence on the nervous system:

Flavonoids protect our nervous system by suppressing neuroinflammation (is inflammation of the nervous tissue. It may be initiated in response to a variety of cues, including infection, traumatic brain injury, toxic metabolites, or autoimmunity.)

Terpenoids positively affect our entire body by dilating blood vessels to improve blood flow. When blood flow is increased we see positive effects on our brains.

To sum that up, if our cells have a lot of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood, then they can perform at peak levels. (4)

  1. Cerebral blood vessels dilate
  2. Blood (potentially) becomes less viscous
  3. Brain cells have access to more oxygen and nutrients
  4. Their ability to do their jobs, perform maintenance and proliferate increases
  5. Cognitive function improves

Memory Improvement

Ginkgo Biloba is a great nootropic to improve our memory. Cholinesterase inhibitors work by preventing the breakdown of acetylcholine, the main neurotransmitter in the brain. It needs to work properly in order for the cognitive function to work correctly too.

Ginkgo helps preserve the choline as well as the acetylcholine in the brain. It promotes the healthy production of neurons including other neural structures such as synaptic connections which contribute to the development and accessibility of memories.

Clinical trials suggest that Ginkgo Biloba may enhance some areas of memory in healthy populations. A six-week study involving middle-aged healthy volunteers with no cognitive impairment showed that daily a dosage greatly increased information recall, although their overall cognition was unaffected. (5)

Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

 

Increased Energy

Energy boosting was the original use of Ginkgo thousands of years ago and well before nootropic benefits were discovered. From research in our time, it’s energy boosting benefit has been benefits of ginkgo biloba supplements

scientifically proven.

Because it improves blood circulation throughout our body and increases oxygenation, increased blood flow to our muscles is increased giving us more energy and the ability to perform longer. (6)

Ginkgo Biloba is featured in my article on the best nootropics for energy.  You can read it here.

Helps Fight Anxiety

There haven’t been too many studies on the use of Ginkgo for anxiety and we are still waiting. However, there has been one good study in 2007 that found Ginkgo may help people suffering from generalized anxiety. Generalized anxiety is chronic over worrying about everyday things.

Researchers took 82 volunteers who suffer from generalized anxiety. They also took 25 volunteers suffering from adjustment disorders as well as generalized anxiety. Some were given Ginkgo Biloba and some placebo for four weeks. At the end of the four-week period, the people given the Ginkgo showed a great improvement in their anxiety symptoms. Those taking the placebo did not. (7)

It should be noted that there is little scientific research comparing the effectiveness of ginkgo to that of anti-anxiety medications for the treatment of any type of anxiety disorder.

Reduction in Headaches

There are a lot of reasons we get headaches these days. Stress is the most common, fatigue, eye strain, alcohol (hangover) etc. Ginkgo can help.

Being as it is a natural anticoagulant and a blood-thinner, it will help with relief from headaches. What it does is reduce accumulation of platelets to stickiness helping to greatly lower pain and migraines.

By reducing pain by dilating blood vessels it also combats migraines in people who suffer stress-related migraines.

Enhanced Cognition

Once again, because of its ability to decrease the viscosity of our blood, we have great nootropic benefits. Making our blood less sticky improving blood flow, it allows better oxygen flow which results in better cognitive ability.

Ginkgo also increases our levels of the neurotransmitter Acetylcholine which is related to learning and effects dopamine which then elevates our mood.

Many of the published reports of Ginkgo’s effects one cognition have involved patients suffering from mild to moderate cognitive impairment. What they say is, these studies found statistically significant improvement in performance on standardized tests of cognitive function after treatment with Ginkgo.

 

Helps to Prevent and/or Treat ADHD

Ginkgo Biloba has shown to improve our cognitive performance in a lot of studies. There have only been a few small studies one Ginkgo and it affects one ADHD in the past, some positive and some not.

One study shows that Ginkgo Biloba can be somewhat effective at reducing ADHD symptoms in children. A group of 50 children who suffered from ADHD was assembled and each was given up to 120 milligrams of Ginkgo per day. The result was lower symptoms of ADHD. However, it did not perform better than methylphenidate (Ritalin), suggesting the need for future trials at higher doses. (8)

Another study found that people with ADHD who took a Ginkgo had their symptoms improve. Children who were given 240 mg of Ginkgo Biloba extract daily for three to five weeks showed a reduction in their ADHD symptoms, but with few negative side effects. (9)

Improving Sleep Quality

In numerous cases, it has been discovered Ginkgo Biloba may improve our sleep quality. This is because of the supplements antioxidant ability. A study suggests that healthy people having difficulty sleeping can take 240mg of Ginkgo Biloba/day may be able to improve their sleep quality. (10)

Dosage

The recommended dose of Ginkgo Biloba is 40 mg 3-times/day, however daily intake can be from 120 – 600 mg depending on your issue.

Ginkgo does take a while for you to achieve the full effects you desire. Give it about a month.

Side EffectsBenefits of Ginkgo Biloba Supplements

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For the most part, most healthy adults will not experience any side effects.

If you are allergic to plants that contain alkylphenols or taking certain medications, you should not take ginkgo.

Possible side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Rash/allergic reaction

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

If you are taking anything from the following list talk to your physician prior to taking any Ginko.

  • Blood thinners (Warfarin, aspirin)
  • SSRIs/MAOIs/antidepressants (Prozac, Zoloft)
  • NSAIDS (ibuprofen, Tylenol)

Women who are pregnant or nursing are advised to avoid Ginkgo biloba, as there is little data on its effects in these situations.

Where to Buy Ginkgo Biloba

 

Ginkgo biloba is extremely widely available. It is sold from many stores and is readily available online and can be ordered by clicking the bottle to the right.

19 thoughts on “Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba Supplements”

  1. Wow, I am glad I came across your post . So educative and informative. You won’t believe I knew nothing about ginkgo biloba until I read this . The benefits are really unbelievable, this is interesting.i will strongly share this to my friends for get enlightened as well because I’m sure they will have little or no knowledge about this.

  2. I must say that I did not hear about this great plant so far but I will definitely think about consuming it. I am not an allergic person thanks God, I can use everything so I think it will not be a problem with Ginkgo. I would use it primarily because of energy, I have regular training and this is a great product for increasing energy level.

  3. I know a lot of people who swear by Ginkgo Biloba! I have not tried it, but have been very curious, my former husband used it on a regular basis for many years, and he had clear thoughts, and expressed that his energy levels were higher when he used it, I am not sure why he stopped. But I noticed a difference when he quit using it.

    Maybe I will try this one. It seems more natural than most supplements, and I am very consious about what I put in my body. 

    You have a wonderful site!! I have learned a lot about other supplements that I have never heard of. Thank you for writing these wonderful helpful articles. 

    Stacie

    • thank you for that great comment.  If your ex used Ginkgo and had positive effects from it, why didn’t you I try it. 🙂 

  4. Thank you Stew, this is the first time I’m hearing of ginkgo biloba supplement. It sounds like a wonder supplement. I love it’s benefits to help in body energy, cognition, anxiety and quality of sleep. But I got confused, one of its benefits is to reduce headaches but headache is also one of its side effects. Please explain. 

    • Yes, headache can be a side effect.  Many supplements Or medications side effects are exactly the opposite of what they say.  If you experience headaches soon after taking it, it probably is because you are a new user and that will disappear.

  5. When I’m overloaded with many things to solve, ginkgo biloba is always a helpful ally. I noticed the energy levels were increased and the headaches disappeared. 

    I see you mentioned about sleeping improvements, I didn’t pay attention to this aspect. It’s something which I have to verify on the next time. Should you recommend an intake as tea or pills?

    Thank you for an informative article.

  6. Hi Stew,

    I’m glad I found your site. I’m trying to learn as much as I can about natural ways to help people suffering from anxiety. My mum has anxiety along with a few other things. It sounds like Ginkgo Biloba has many benefits for some people. It’s very encouraging that there have been studies to support its benefits. Thanks for your explanation of how it works. I’ll provide this information to my mum to see if she thinks it is something that may benefit her. We’ve tried a few things but to date have not seen any real improvement.

    • I’m glad you have found something that has potential to help you mother.  It has been used for years for anxiety so she may find some relief.

      Thanks for writing

  7. What an interesting article. I learned so much more about Ginkgo Biloba.

    The only things that I really “thought” I knew was that it was supposed to help with memory. I had no idea all of the other benefits that you can gain from taking it.

    I’m a huge fan of more “natural” remedies than drugs. I will be looking more into purchasing this in the future.

    Thanks again for opening my eyes to the many benefits of Ginkgo Biloba.

    • Thank you for your comment.  We generally don’t know what are the benefits of so many supplements so it often comes at a great surprise.

      Thanks for your comment Nancy

  8. Hi Stew. Thank you so much for sharing your wide knowledge about the benefits of ginkgo biloba supplements. Well, from this article I have learnt alot about this natural health supplements and I must say I am dazed by its numerous functions and works regarding our Health generally and I can’t wait to get hold of it and give it a try too.

  9. I can personally attest to the use of Ginkgo. I suffered from leg fatigue all the time as a result of standing or walking too much in my line of work. Massage didn’t quite help and then someone pointed me to take GInkgo instead. After one month of consumption, the symptom was alleviated by about 70% and my menstrual cramp also subsided significantly. So mom was right all these while. It does work! 

    • Yes, Ginkgo is great for those things and I am glad you found relief from both.

      Thank you or your great comment.  Hope to hear from your soon

  10. Ginkgo biloba supplements look like a really interesting product, I am interested in nootropics and the amazing benefits it poses on our human body, such as increases energy which seems to be a big problem with people these days.  Reduces headaches which are probably from stress, but this product also reduces stress which is awesome.

    Enhanced Cognition, Helps with sleep also, this product sounds amazing! Our busy lives we have created in this day and age has brought on new problems, more and more people need products like these to get through their days. Thanks for informing me about this amazing looking product.

    • Thank you for your genuine interest in nootropics.  They are exciting and have so many benefits for us.

      Thank you for your comment.

  11. Interesting article.  I am particularly interested in the improved cognitive functions that ginkgo helps with.  

    Have there been any studies on possible benefits that gingko might have on the chance of preventing or delaying long-term cognitive ailments?  Particularly as we get older and are faced with some forgetfulness or something worse.

    Thanks in advance for the answer and thanks for writing such an interesting and informative article.

    • I don’t believe there have been studies or any indications that Ginkgo may be able to prevent cognitive decline long term.

      Most nootropics are taken to alleviate symptoms

      Thanks for your comment and I hope I have answered your question

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