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Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo Biloba

The Memory Nutrient

Common Names: ginkgo, Ginkgo biloba, fossil tree, maidenhair tree, Japanese silver apricot, baiguo, bai guo ye, kew tree, yinhsing (yin-hsing)

Ginkgo Biloba is said to improve short-term memory and cognitive functioning in older people and those with dementia and early Alzheimers disease, and to relieve leg pain due to poor circulation.

Ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including asthma, bronchitis, fatigue, and tinnitus (ringing or roaring sounds in the ears). Ginkgo has also been used to treat sexual dysfunction, multiple sclerosis, tinnitus, and other health conditions.

Ginkgo Biloba Supplement

Nature's Bounty Ginkgo Biloba 400mg was shown to improve memory and concentration in healthy adults in some studies, but others are unclear, lending a bit of uncertainty. However, supporters of Ginkgo are great and many swear by its effectiveness. Some deterioration of cognitive functioning, including memory health, is a normal part of aging and can begin from as young as the 30s in both men and women. To address normal age related forgetfulness and absentmindedness, it is important to eat sufficient amounts of fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grain foods. It is also beneficial to get sufficient exercise and fresh air.

Ginkgo Biloba serves as a very powerful antioxidant, especially important for the brain, retina, and cardiovascular system, is believed to increase circulation, improve long and short term memory, and aid concentration. Provides optimal levels of naturally occurring flavonglycosides and terpene lactones (good stuff).

Because of the wide variation in Ginkgo Biloba products on the market, it is important that the Ginkgo Biloba you use be standardized so you are sure you are getting maximum quality and potency.

Adverse Effects of Ginkgo

Adverse effects are rare and usually mild, such as mild gastrointestinal upset. To avoid this, work up to a recommended dose gradually. Other side effects of ginkgo may include headache, nausea, dizziness, or allergic skin reactions. More severe allergic reactions have occasionally been reported.

Uncooked ginkgo seeds contain a chemical known as ginkgotoxin, which can cause seizures. Consuming large quantities of seeds over time can cause death. Nature's Answer Ginkgo Leaf Liquid and ginkgo leaf extracts appear to contain little ginkgotoxin.


Theoretically, ginkgo might interact with anticoagulants, such as aspirin and coumadin, to promote bleeding. To be safe, consult a doctor before mixing ginkgo and anticoagulants, and avoid ginkgo if you are allergic to it, have a bleeding disorder or will undergo surgery within a week.

The usual daily amount is 120mg to 240mg, divided into two or three doses for memory loss and dementia. For leg pain, 120mg to 160mg is recommended.

See also: Ginkgo as an Herb

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