Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest living tree species. Ginkgo seeds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. While Chinese medicine has used both the ginkgo leaf and seed, modern research has focused on the standardized Ginkgo biloba extract, which is prepared from the dried green leaves. This standardized extract is highly concentrated and seems to be clinically more effective in treating health problems than the non-standardized leaf alone.
Features & Benefits
- Widely used in Europe for treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
- Originally used for its blood flow improvement properties. Now further studies suggest it may work directly to protect nerve cells that are damaged in Alzheimer’s disease.
- Flavonoids found in ginkgo may help stop or lessen some retinal problems including macular degeneration and cataracts
- Supports healthy circulation
Suggestions & Precautions
- Has potential for poor interaction with a variety of medications including blood thinners, antipsychotic medications, diuretics, blood pressure medications and more. Always consult with a health care professional prior to use.
- In rare cases, ginkgo may cause headache, irritability, restlessness, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dizziness or vertigo. These effects are typically mild and transient.