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May 10 2017

Supplementals: Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba is as effective of an herbal supplement as it is to say and spell (seriously, we spelled it “gingko bilboa” so many times that we had to scrub through this several times to make it was right). Ginkgo is known throughout the medical world for its effects on cognitive development and anxiety.. Let’s take a look at this peculiar plant and discover why ginkgo may be perfect for your daily supplements.

Ginkgo Biloba in pill and powder form.

About Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo, or gingko, comes from the maidenhair tree. This particular tree is the last of a plant group called Ginkgophyta, of which all others have gone extinct. So, it’s fortunate that this one has survived, because doctors have found many uses for this plant! Scientists also claim that this plant has been around for 150 million years.

Benefits/Side Effects

  • Ginkgo biloba is known for its ability to improve blood flow to the brain, increasing brain function.
  • It’s even used as a natural way to treat dementia! It also has a link to preventing Alzheimer’s.
  • None of these are necessarily proven, but ginkgo biloba has been used to treat intestinal worms, increase sexual energy and prevent bladder issues.
  • Children, breastfeeding mothers, people who suffer from epilepsy and those taking blood thinners are encouraged not to take ginkgo due to adverse side effects.
  • If you take serotonin reuptake inhibitors (or SSRIs)– commonly prescribed as antidepressants- the effects of ginkgo biloba will be drastically decreased.
  • Some common side effects of ginkgo biloba include dizziness, nausea as well as stomach aches.

The fruits of the Ginkgo Biloba tree.

Recommended Usage

There isn’t any official dosage, but doctors recommend starting at a lower dose first. 120mg a day appears to be the best way to start, perhaps breaking up the dosage to 40mg three times a day. You can then increase the dosage if you feel it necessary. It takes about 4 to 6 weeks to start feeling the benefits of ginkgo.

Sources:

Vitamins and Supplements: Ginkgo Biloba – WebMD

Ginkgo Biloba – University of Maryland Medical Center

Ginkgo biloba: Health benefits, uses, and risks – Medical News Today

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