Ginkgo Biloba

Scientific Name: Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo Biloba Information

Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species and its leaves are among the most extensively studied botanicals in use today. Unlike many other medicinal herbs, ginkgo leaves are not frequently used in their crude state, but rather, in the form of a concentrated, standardized ginkgo biloba extract (GBE). Ginkgo leaves contain two types of chemicals (flavonoids and terpenoids) believed to have potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals -- damaging compounds in the body that alter cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants such as those found in ginkgo can neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. Ginkgo has been used in traditional medicine to treat circulatory disorders and enhance memory. Emerging evidence suggests that GBE may be particularly effective in treating ailments associated with decreased blood flow to the brain, particularly in elderly individuals.

Ginkgo Biloba Benefits

  • Widely used (in Europe) for treating dementia
  • Improves blood flow in the brain - helping in learning, attention, and memory
  • The flavonoids found in ginkgo may help halt or lessen some retinal problems
  • May help preserve vision in those with Age-Related-Macular-Degeneration
  • Also recommended for its utility in aiding altitude sickness, asthma, depression, disorientation, headaches, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and vertigo

Ginkgo Biloba Nutrient Content

More than 40 components of ginkgo have been identified but only two are believed to be responsible for the herb's beneficial effects -- flavonoids and terpenoids. As described earlier, flavonoids (such as quercetin) have potent antioxidant effects. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, and retina from damage. Terpenoids (such as ginkgolides) improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.

Ginkgo Biloba Notes

Do not ingest Ginkgo biloba fruit. The Dietary Supplement Information Bureau recommends a daily dosage of approximately 40mg (standardized extract), 3 times a day for optimal health.

Ginkgo Biloba Products

  Brand & Product Name  Description  Retail 
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  Twinlab : Truherbs Ginkgo Time Release 
 30 caps, 490 mg  $8.39   $8.95   More info Discontinued
  Nature's Herbs : Ginkgo Power 
 50 caps, 389 mg  $18.99   $11.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Ginkgold 
 50 tabs, 60 mg  $20.99   $14.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Ginkgold 
 100 tabs, 60 mg  $36.00   $25.95   More info 
  Natures Way : Ginkgo Biloba Standardized Extract 
 60 caps, 60 mg  $16.49   $9.95   More info 
  Natrol : Ginkgo Biloba Extract 
 60 caps, 60 mg  $32.98   $11.95   More info 
  Natrol : Ginkgo Take One 
 30 tabs, 120 mg  $13.59   $7.95   More info Discontinued
  Natrol : Ginkgo Take One 
 60 tabs  $23.79   $13.95   More info 
  Natrol : Ginkgo Take One 
 60 caps, 120 mg  $25.99   $15.95   More info 
  Natrol : Ginkgo Biloba 
 200 caps  $27.99   $17.95   More info Discontinued
  Nature's Answer : Ginkgo Leaf Tincture 
 1 oz  $11.49   $6.95   More info 
  Nature's Answer : Ginkgo Biloba Leaves (alcohol-free) 
 1 oz  $11.99   $6.95   More info 

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