Ginkgo Biloba – The Memory Booster!

With a long history of use in Chinese medicine, Ginkgo Biloba is a popular supplement Australians use to help in the improvement of memory. Most brands will either list it as simply Ginkgo or Maidenhair tree and it should always contain an extract from the best part of the tree – the leaf

Some quick little stats about the supplement and its use around the world:

  • brain health/memory – may help improve blood flow and cell oxygenation
  • circulation – may help assist in peripheral (arms & legs) blood flow
  • ringing in the ears – referred to as tinnitus of the ears, may help with any poor circulation issue

Remember – the active components you are looking for are Ginkgo Flavonglycosides and both of the terpenoids – Ginkgolides & Bilobalides. The mix of those in your Ginkgo supplement are related to its action as an antioxidant, anti-inflammation and circulation effects.

If you are epileptic or prone to seizures, avoid ginkgo. Large amounts of ginkgotoxin can cause seizures. Ginkgotoxin is found in ginkgo seeds and, to a lesser extent, ginkgo leaves.

If you are older, have a bleeding disorder or are pregnant, don’t take ginkgo. The supplement might increase your risk of bleeding. If you’re planning to have surgery, stop taking ginkgo beforehand.

Ginkgo might interfere with the management of diabetes. If you take ginkgo and have diabetes, closely monitor your blood sugar levels.

 

References:

Healthline

Mayo Clinic

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