Gingko Biloba Facts 

Gingko Biloba or simply gingko is among the oldest living tree species. Majority of gingko products are produced using extract taken from its leaves of fan shape.

Flavonoids are believed to be gingko’s most helpful components that have potent antioxidant qualities as well as terpenoids that help boost circulation through dilating the blood vessels and decreasing the stickiness of the platelets.

Gingko can be found in different forms such as capsule, tea, extract, or oral tablet. Roasted or raw gingko seeds should never be eaten as these can be quite poisonous.

Majority of research studies on Gingko Biloba focuses on the effects on memory, dementia, and pain brought about by claudication or too little flow of blood.

Evidence

Research on using Gingko Biloba for certain conditions reveals the following:

  • Claudication – One review of research states that consumption of gingko doesn’t have substantial benefits for those suffering from this condition.
  • Dementia – There is insubstantial evidence that supports that using Ggingko Biloba can prevent dementia or cure people suffering from mild cognitive impairment.

There are conflicting results when it comes to the effect of Gingko Biloba on memory enhancement. Although some evidence states that Gingko Biloba extract might reasonably boost memory of healthy adults, many studies reveal that it doesn’t enhance attention, brain function, or memory.

Caution

Although it seems that Gingko Biloba is safe when administered in moderate amounts, there is no research to support the supplement’s use to slow or prevent cognitive decline or dementia. Further research is required to determine the role it plays when it comes to brain function support and treatment of other conditions.

Side Effects and Safety

When administered orally in moderate dosages, Gingko Biloba seems to be safe for use for the majority of healthy adults. It can can also cause the following:

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • upset stomach
  • heart palpitations
  • allergic skin reactions
  • constipation

Again, never eat roasted or raw seeds as these could be poisonous. Avoid Ggingko if you are prone to seizures or are epileptic. Large quantities of Gingko toxic can lead to seizures. Gingko toxin is present in gingko seeds and Gingko leaves to a lesser extent.

Don’t take gingko if you are pregnant, older, or have a bleeding disorder. The supplement may only increase your risks of bleeding. If you have plans to undergo surgery, don’t take gingko two weeks prior. Gingko may interfere with diabetes management. If you have diabetes and take gingko, monitor your levels of blood sugar properly. A few studies have revealed that rodents administered with gingko experienced increased risks of developing thyroid and liver cancers.

Interactions

Some of the possible interactions of gingko biloba include the following:

  • Antiplatelet drugs, supplements, and herbs and anticoagulants – These kinds of supplements, drugs, and herbs decrease blood clotting. You may increase your risks of bleeding if you take gingko biloba with them.
  • Alprazolam (Xanax) – The effectiveness of this drug for relief from anxiety symptoms may be reduced if you take it with gingko.
  • Diabetes medications – Gingko may change how you respond to such drugs.