Ginkgo biloba (ginkgo) is a tree whose leaves are often used as a dietary supplement for the purposes of cognitive improvement. These leaves contain a range of potentially bioactive compounds, including numerous varieties of flavonoids and terpenoids.
Ginkgo is available as a liquid extract, in capsule or tablet form or as a tea. The nuts, which are contained within the seeds of the ginkgo tree, may be consumed and are a common ingredient in Asian cuisine. Modern research focuses on the dry extract rather than the seeds.
Rich in antioxidants
Has anti-inflammatory benefits such as for cancer, heart disease, stroke, arthritis and bowel disease
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Reduces symptoms associated with psychiatric disorders and dementia
Improves brain function and feelings of well-being
Beneficial for symptoms of anxiety and depression
Supports vision and eye health
Used for headaches and migraines
Used for asthma and COPD symptoms
Used for symptoms associated with PMS
Used for sexual dysfunction
Ginkgo biloba seems to improve aspects of cognitive function in people with dementia (1). There is also indication that ginkgo can improve cognitive function in healthy middle-aged people (2) as well as in healthy people (3).
The pharmacological actions exerted by Ginkgo Biloba include improved blood flow to the brain,(4)reduced oxidative stress,(5)and inhibition of the neurotoxic effects of amyloid beta (6).
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine and current clinical studies, ginkgo biloba is safe, effective and benefits the body in numerous ways because it exerts protective effects against mitochondrial damage and oxidative stress. It can help to decrease inflammation and free radical damage, two underlying causes of most common health conditions.
Ginkgo Biloba contains two main constituents, flavonoids and terpenoids, that have strong antioxidant properties. It is believed these may help slow down the progression of age-related diseases by preventing damage to tissues, cells and DNA.
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1. Hashiguchi, Masayuki et al. “Meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of Ginkgo biloba extract for the treatment of dementia.” Journal of pharmaceutical health care and sciences vol. 1 14. 10 Apr. 2015, doi:10.1186/s40780-015-0014-7
2. Kaschel, R. “Specific memory effects of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 in middle-aged healthy volunteers.” Phytomedicine : international journal of phytotherapy and phytopharmacology vol. 18,14 (2011): 1202-7. doi:10.1016/j.phymed.2011.06.021
3. Mix, Joseph A, and W David Crews Jr. “A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 in a sample of cognitively intact older adults: neuropsychological findings.” Human psychopharmacology vol. 17,6 (2002): 267-77. doi:10.1002/hup.412
4. Mashayekh, Ameneh et al. “Effects of Ginkgo biloba on cerebral blood flow assessed by quantitative MR perfusion imaging: a pilot study.” Neuroradiology vol. 53,3 (2011): 185-91. doi:10.1007/s00234-010-0790-6
5. Singh, Sandeep Kumar et al. “Neuroprotective and Antioxidant Effect of Ginkgo biloba Extract Against AD and Other Neurological Disorders.” Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics vol. 16,3 (2019): 666-674. doi:10.1007/s13311-019-00767-8
6. Singh, Sandeep Kumar et al. “Neuroprotective and Antioxidant Effect of Ginkgo biloba Extract Against AD and Other Neurological Disorders.” Neurotherapeutics : the journal of the American Society for Experimental NeuroTherapeutics vol. 16,3 (2019): 666-674. doi:10.1007/s13311-019-00767-8