According to recent studies, Ginkgo biloba benefits are many. This herb has been used for many centuries as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease and as an aphrodisiac and antidepressant.
The first written record of ginkgo Biloba is found in the Chinese material medical P “Shen-Nungên-Ching,” dated around 2,700 BC. It mentions this herb as a treatment for memory loss and tinnitus.
Then ginkgo Biloba was taken to Japan, where it has been used as an antidepressant and herbal remedy against senile dementia. The etymology of the name ginkgo is referred to the shape of its leaves which resemble a duck’s foot.
Ginkgo biloba was used during World War II by Japanese kamikazes pilots who were flying their explosive planes into enemy ships and needed a clear mind to concentrate on this task. Today, many people take ginkgos extract and supplements because it is believed that ginkgo Biloba benefits human health in many ways:
Often people use ginkgo extract and supplements to help memory. Some studies have shown that using this herb helps concentration and improve memory better than other herbal remedies used by Alzheimer’s patients. It is helpful for tinnitus which is sometimes caused by circulatory disorders. Ginkgo biloba extract may be used as a treatment for vertigo, especially when problems with the inner ear circulation cause it.
The most important ginkgo Biloba benefits are related to its ability to increase blood flow in the brain, thus increasing the oxygenation of brain cells. When the cerebrovascular disease is the cause of memory loss, ginkgo Biloba extract is recommended. In addition, it can prevent the death of nerve cells in dementia patients by preventing the accumulation of free radicals in brain cells.
Ginkgo biloba has antioxidant properties, which are useful against atherosclerosis and problems associated with aging like macular degeneration.
It is useful against problems associated with peripheral circulation such as tingling and pain in the fingers, legs and toes because it dilates arteries. Therefore its usefulness can be found in cases of poor blood flow due to arteriosclerosis or diabetes.
Finally, Ginkgo Biloba benefits are proven both by studies carried out on human beings and laboratory animals that showed the herb is useful against nausea and vomiting.
Ginkgo biloba benefits can be found in many cases of poor oxygenation of brain cells due to blood clots or problems related to the circulatory system. The recommended dosage may vary depending on the reason explained above, but it usually ranges between 80mg and 240mg.
The recommended dosage for memory loss is 120mg twice a day. The effect may be slow, but the dose can be increased up to 240mg per day.
For tinnitus, 60 mg ginkgo Biloba extract in combination with other herbal extracts is given three times daily before meals. For vertigo or dizziness, 240mg of ginkgo Biloba extract combined with other herbal extracts is taken three times a day for four weeks.
With nausea and vomiting, the recommended dosage is 100mg of ginkgo Biloba extract per kg body weight taken 30 minutes before meals three times a day before meals.
If you want to take ginkgos supplements, make sure to buy products that are standardized for 24% flavonoids and 6% terpenes. Moreover, make sure to use products with reasonable prices because usually Ginkgo Biloba supplements are expensive.
Finally, remember that taking this herb is not recommended if you are suffering from any liver or blood circulation disease or under treatment with anticoagulants (like warfarin). The most common side effects are gastrointestinal discomfort, headache and skin rashes.