Ginkgo Biloba Review: Perhaps the oldest and best selling supplement in the world
Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest and best-selling herbal supplements in the industry. It’s included in several famous and well-respected nootropics, mainly because of its powerful and effective properties. Ginkgo Biloba is actually an extract that comes from the leaves of one of the Ginkgo Biloba tree, which is one of the longest surviving living tree species in the world. It can live for over 1,000 years and grow to 35 to 50 metres. It has been used for centuries in traditional medicine, but particularly in Chinese herbal medicine.
The highly concentrated extract that is sold in modern supplements comes from the dried leaves. The extract is widely used for treating dementia and age-related memory loss due to its ability to increase blood flow to the brain. However, there have been recent scientific advancements that point to the fact that ginkgo biloba may protect nerve cells from being damaged, or even protects those that are already damaged from further ruin. Therefore, it is thought that ginkgo biloba may help maintain your ability to create and store memories.
Ginkgo Biloba is thought to be able to accomplish this due to its unique ingredients. The extract contains over 40 components, although only two are actually thought to be efficacious. These two components are flavonoids and terpenoids.
Flavonoids are plant metabolites that play several roles in the function of plants, but most importantly they produce pigment for coloration and also act as messengers and physiological regulators. They are thought to cause the production of uric acid, which in turn causes antioxidant activities in the blood. Flavonoids are thought to also reduce inflammation and reduce the incidence of certain cancers and heart disease.
Terpenoids are organic chemicals that contribute to scents in certain plants. The main terpenoid in ginkgo biloba is bilobalide, which is an important player in the neuro-protective effects of ginkgo biloba extracts. It is thought to interact with GABA receptors and perhaps relieve anxiety and improve your mood.
Most of the Ginkgo Biloba supplements that have gone through clinical studies in the US contain 24% of flavonoids and 6% of terpenoids.
Overall, most Ginkgo Biloba supplements we found we quite reasonably priced. We found an extract that meets this requirement from Swanson supplements, and 240 capsules only cost about $10 (USD). Deva produces a vegan and organic ginkgo biloba extract that costs $16.95 (USD) for 90 tablets. We also found ginkgo biloba sold as a dried leaf to make teas and tinctures, or the powder so you can make your own tablets.
It is suggested that you take around 350 mg of ginkgo biloba every day for at least three months before expecting to notice any effects. With prices like the ones we found above, we don’t think you’ll have any issue affording a three month supply.
Pro’s and Con’s
- It is a natural herb that has been used for centuries, there’s got to be something there, right?
- One bottle is pretty cheap, so you could easily buy enough to last you six months so you can give it a chance to work.
- The effects may take you a long time to notice or they may be so mild you may not notice them at all.
Ginkgo biloba has been used for quite a long time, and it will most likely be used for quite a long time to come. It wouldn’t hurt to give it a try. If it doesn’t work, you can always move on to something else without having lost a lot of money.
Total Score: (4 / 5)
Effectiveness: (3 / 5)
Ingredients: (4 / 5)
Side Effects: (4 / 5)
Value for the Money: (4 / 5)