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Ginkgo biloba is an herbal supplement derived from the leaves of the Asian ginkgo tree. Although raw or dried ginkgo leaves have been used for centuries in Chinese herbal medicine, most modern ginkgo biloba supplements use ginkgo biloba extracts (GBE), a much more potent form of ginkgo. Ginkgo biloba has antioxidant, blood-thinning and circulation-enhancing properties that account for its beneficial effects on cognitive function, mood and whole-body circulation. Ginkgo extract are usually standardized to have a consistent level of flavonoids and terpenoids, two key active ingredients with antioxidant properties.
Brain support, memory improvements and stronger concentration are what ginkgo supplements are all about. Ginkgo biloba extract is used by healthy people who just want a brain booster, but also for support in a variety of disease conditions, primarily those related to poor circulation and decline of mental functions. Ginkgo helps improve blood circulation to the brain, heart and extremities and its antioxidant properties help protect vascular tissue. Ginkgo has been studied with respect to support cognitive and behavioral function in those with Alzheimer’s disease. Other research suggests that ginkgo biloba may slow or prevent age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, protecting vision. Ginkgo has been used experimentally for support in wide-ranging conditions such as tinnitus (chronic ringing in the ears), asthma, depression, headache, high blood pressure, erectile dysfunction, and diabetic complications.
Getting good results with ginkgo depends on consistency; take exactly as directed and allow 3-4 weeks for full effects to develop. Choose supplements using ginkgo biloba extract (GBE), a more potent form of ginkgo. Ginkgo supplements may be taken with or without food.
Do not use ginkgo biloba if you are pregnant or nursing. Consult your physician before using a ginkgo biloba supplement if taking any medication.