Ginkgo Biloba: Possible Benefits, Side Effects and Safety, Doses

Ginkgo Biloba
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Ginkgo biloba refers to a plant whose leaves have been used for medical purposes for centuries. It can grow up to 40m in height. Its leaves contain flavanoids and trapenoids, chemicals that have various health benefits.

Where to Find Ginkgo biloba?

You can find ginkgo biloba all over the world, but it is an indigenous plant in Korea, Japan and China.

Health Benefits

On medicinal grounds, Ginkgo biloba can help in the treatment of symptoms that come with diseases, such as dementia, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease and coronary artery disease. Researchers have identified that Ginkgo biloba promotes* the flow of blood into the brain. This is the main reason why it is contained in a good number of body building supplements so that the users can concentrate and stay focused during exercises. In treating coronary heart disease, there is evidence that Ginkgo biloba increases* nitric acid levels in the blood. However, these findings have not been made public.

Ginkgo Biloba Side Effects and Safety

In reference to studies and reports, there are no serious side effects one can get from the use of Ginkgo biloba. It can be well tolerated and seems safe. In one meta-analysis, it was found out that Ginkgo biloba was no different from placebo among participants who experience any adverse effect after use. In the studies, Ginkgo biloba extract treatment was administered for up to six months.

Recommendations, Dosages and Timing

One of Ginkgo biloba extract that has been comprehensively studied goes by the name EGb 761. It’s a standardized supplement that is extracted from the leaves of Ginkgo biloba containing 24% flavones glycosides (quercetin, isohamnetin, and kaempferol) and 6% terpene lactones (2.8-3.4% ginkgolides A, B, and C, and 2.6-3.2% bilobalide). About 0.8% of the extracat is ginkgolide whereas 3% is bilobalide. The common dosage for this extract is between 2.5g and 3.5g which is equivalent to one dry leaf.
Ginkgo Biloba Supplements

You can get a few supplements from MrSupplement.com.au that contains Ginkgo biloba either on its pure form or in combination with other nutrients. Most of these supplements are usually intended for use before workouts.

Conditions of Use

Since these supplements containing Ginkgo biloba are intended for use before workouts, as stated above, it is often not necessary to combine bitaine with other supplements since they usually come pre-mixed with other essential pre-workout ingredients. You should instead consume them as they are.

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