Ginkgo biloba is the botanical name of a tree that is indigenous to China. Common names include ginkgo, gingko, maidenhair. The substance with medical properties that is obtained from leaves of Ginkgo biloba trees is also referred to as Ginkgo biloba.
Ginkgo biloba can be classified as a nootropic, it has properties that may help some individuals improve learning, memory, thinking. Effects may be most apparent for those with mental disabilities, but those with no mental impairment can also benefit.
In addition Ginkgo biloba can help reduce anxiety, alleviate depression, or help a person get to sleep. Amongst other benefits, it can also improve blood circulation to the brain and body without affecting blood pressure or heart rate.
Ginkgo biloba can be classified as:
--- A sleep aid.
--- A nootropic.
--- An anti-depressant.
--- An anti-anxiety agent.
A majority of people find Ginkgo biloba produces a sedating effect that reduces anxiety and helps with falling asleep. But, there are a minority of individuals who find Ginkgo biloba produces a slightly stimulating effect.
For some people Ginkgo biloba can:
--- Reduce anxiety.
--- Improve mood.
--- Improve cognition.
--- Improve reaction time.
--- Improve ability to sleep.
--- Improve short term memory.
--- Reduce risk of altitude sickness.
--- Increase ability of blood to carry oxygen.
--- Improve blood flow to the brain and body.
--- Improve blood flow without affecting heart rate.
--- Improve blood flow without affecting blood pressure.
--- Reduce symptoms of seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
--- Treat symptoms of fibromyalgia, if combined with CoQ10.
Ginkgo biloba contains antioxidants in the form of flavonoids. Antioxidants attack free radicals and can help stop them from damaging DNA and other cells. Free radicals may contribute to cancer, heart disease, other maladies.
Ginkgo biloba has mild GABA antagonist properties that can reduce the effect of excess GABA levels in the body. However, it will not increase anxiety in a way that might be expected when the influence of GABA is reduced.
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Not everyone will respond to ginkgo. Of those that do, some will obtain better results than others. The first time you try, a dose of about 50 mg is recommended. Dose size can be increased on subsequent attempts until satisfactory results are obtained.
Many people find doses of 50-300 milligrams work best for them. Ginkgo biloba is usually taken 1-3 times daily. If it is taken more than once daily, take it at regularly spaced intervals. Maximum daily intake should be kept to about 600 mg or less.
Ginkgo biloba is not addictive. If you take for a single event (like an exam, presentation, or similar purpose) to improve cognition and reduce anxiety, or for some other reason, a 125-300 milligram dose is recommended, 1-3 hours before the event.
As a daily supplement to improve matters related to cognition or its other benefits, a 50-150 milligram dose taken 2-3 times a day, at regular intervals, is recommended. Start with low amounts and adjust the dose size if necessary.
Some of the chemical components in Ginkgo biloba are fat soluble, others are water soluble. It can be taken with food or on an empty stomach. It may be absorbed quicker on an empty stomach. On an empty stomach it may cause an upset stomach, if it does try taking it with a bit of food.
Some people feel its properties the first time they take Ginkgo biloba, while other say it takes 3-6 weeks of daily intake for them to obtain the maximum effective potential. If you take it daily and don't feel much benefit, give it a few weeks before giving up.
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Prior to utilizing Ginkgo biloba, to be safe discuss it with your physician. On your first attempt it might be the best thing to try working with a small quantity, somewhere in the neighborhood of 50 milligrams or less.
A small dose size will give you an indication of the possible results as well as alerting you to any negative reactions. At small dose sizes, the effects are subtle and some people might not notice anything.
Possible side effects include:
--- Gastrointestinal irritation.
--- Heart palpitations.
--- Slight inhibition of CYP2B6 enzyme.
--- Slight inhibition of CYP3A4 enzyme.
There is no evidence that combining Ginkgo biloba with medications that increase bleeding, like aspirin and warfarin, is any more dangerous than taking these types of medications by themselves.
When Ginkgo biloba is combined with a stimulant, like a cup of coffee, some people find that it can impart a calming effect while not reducing the stimulating properties of the caffeine, or other stimulant it is combined with.