Gingko Biloba- Benefits and Side Effects

Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair, is a tree native to China that has been grown for thousands of years for a variety of uses. Because it’s the only surviving member of an ancient order of plants, it’s sometimes referred to as a living fossil. Ginkgo biloba extract is collected from the dried green leaves of the plant and is available as liquid extracts, capsules, and tablets.

Ginkgo supplements are associated with several health claims and uses, most of which focus on brain function and blood circulation.

  1. Contains Powerful Antioxidants
  2. Has anti-inflammation properties

Benefits of Gingko Biloba

1.Reduces Inflammation

Some specific conditions in which ginkgo extract has shown to reduce inflammation include:

  • Arthritis
  • Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

2.Improves Blood Circulation and is Heart-friendly

Ginkgo can increase blood flow by promoting the dilation of blood vessels. This may have applications for the treatment of diseases related to poor circulation.

3.Ails Mental Disorders

It cannot be concluded that ginkgo treats Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, but it might help in some cases. The chances of it helping seem to increase when used alongside conventional treatment. Also, some research shows that ginkgo may improve mental performance in healthy people, but the data is inconsistent.

4.Reduces Anxiety and Treats Depression

Some research shows that ginkgo may help treat anxiety and depression though this is likely due to its antioxidant content.

5.Enhances Eye Health

Supplementing with ginkgo may increase blood flow to the eyes but not necessarily improve vision. It even helps with Glaucoma. More research is needed, however.

6.Can Treat Headaches and Migraines

Because of its ability to increase blood flow and reduce inflammation, ginkgo may be an effective treatment for some types of headaches.

7.Can Improve Asthma and COPD Symptoms

Ginkgo might treat symptoms associated with respiratory diseases because of its anti-inflammatory effects.

8.Reduces Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS) Symptoms

Research indicates that ginkgo may help treat both the physical and psychological symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.

9.Treats Sexual Dysfunction

Ginkgo may improve symptoms of sexual dysfunction due to its impact on blood flow. However, research is yet to be conducted.

Side Effects of Gingko Biloba

Do not eat raw ginkgo seeds, as they are poisonous.

Possible side effects include:

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach pain
  • Rash/allergic reaction

As with any supplement, it’s important to consult your doctor before taking ginkgo biloba and stop use if you develop any negative side effects or adverse medication interactions.

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