What is Ginkgo Biloba?
Ginkgo Biloba is a tree native to China and one of the oldest species of trees on earth. What makes ginkgo biloba so unique however, are the leaves of the tree. The leaves contain plant metabolites known as flavonoid glycosides and have been shown to possess many different uses, especially relating to improving memory, concentration, and the slowing of cognitive decline.
Ginkgo Biloba Benefits and Side Effects
The most notable benefit of ginkgo biloba extract is its ability to improve short term memory and free recall, especially in older adults affected by cognitive decline. Another benefit of this nootropic is that it provides a degree of neuroprotection.
These benefits are made possible by the flavonoid glycosides, as they work as an inhibitor of the platelet activating factor receptor (PAF). This can potentially extend neurology and may also be a factor in the neuroprotective effects of ginkgo.
Ginkgo is also effective at reducing stress and anxiety as well as boosting mood. In regards to stress in particular, ginkgo is able to reduce corticosterone, which is the hormone that regulates how you respond to stress. Because of this, ginkgo is likely an adaptogen. Additionally, Ginkgo Biloba is able to reduce the effects of oxidative damage, thus it is an effective antioxidant as well.
For safety, ginkgo biloba is not recommended for pregnant women. On rare occasions gingko has been shown to cause an increased risk of bleeding in some users due to the reduced platelet response caused by the PAF inhibiting properties. Headaches and dizziness may also occur in some users.
Ginkgo Biloba Dosage
Individuals should take 120-240mg of Ginkgo Biloba with meals. This nootropic takes about 30 minutes to an hour to take maximum effect. If you want constant but mild benefits, take 40-120mg doses one to three times per day.
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