Ginkgo Biloba extract

Ginkgo Biloba - “Brain herb” with many nootropic effects.✝

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What is Ginkgo biloba?

Ginkgo biloba (aka Maidenhair tree) is the oldest living tree species in the world that grows in China dating back more than 200 million years.3 Today, as an herbal product Ginkgo biloba extract or simply ginkgo is one of the best-selling cognitive enhancers around the world. Due to its popularity as a nootropic it is often called a “brain herb”. In fact, in the United States it has been titled the best nootropic a few years in a row.

Ginkgo biloba has a wide range of health-promoting effects. It has traditionally been used to treat blood disorders as it is an effective vasodilator, which enhances circulation.3 Terpenoids are active components of Ginkgo biloba and vasodilators that can increase the blood flow to the brain by widening the blood vessels. Additionally, Ginkgo biloba is a very effective antioxidant. As a natural nootropic, Ginkgo biloba is best known for its memory enhancing effects.4 However, some other beneficial effects include positive mood, reduced anxiety and deeper concentration. Gingko biloba has been demonstrated to be effective in the treatment of dementia, including vascular dementia and long-term cognitive decline.2 For example, a recent meta-analysis has shown that Ginkgo biloba is effective and safe in the treatment of dementia

In summary, Ginkgo biloba is used for normal mental performance and cognitive functions. It may be used to treat dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, intermittent claudication (i.e., poor circulation in the legs), glaucoma and anxiety. In addition, some studies show that Ginkgo biloba helps to improve memory and thinking.

Key benefits:

  • Memory enhancement
  • Attention-sharpening effects
  • Protection of neuronal cell membranes
  • Improved circulation
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-anxiety

Mechanisms of action:

A number of Ginkgo biloba active components, particularly flavonoids and terpeniods, give it effective qualities and provide the aforementioned benefits.3 Flavonoids and terpeniods are both antioxidants and work in a synergistic manner. Flavonoids are also known for supporting various systems, protecting the nerves, blood vessels as well as reducing inflammation in the brain.

Ginkgo biloba has been shown to improve neurotransmission in glutamatergic, dopaminergic and cholinergic systems.

Recommended dosage:

The recommended daily dosage of Ginkgo biloba is 200 mg. It should be taken with a meal. It is important to mention that it may take up to 12 weeks to properly assess the effects. Ginkgo biloba can also be used with another natural nootropic Ginseng.

Side effects:

Ginkgo biloba is generally safe and well-tolerated. Occasionally reported side effects include constipation, dizziness, gastrointestinal distress and headaches.

Compound facts:

Serving size: 1 capsule

Servings per bottle: 120

Amount per serving: Ginkgo biloba 200 mg

Other ingredients: Magnesium Stearate; Silicon Dioxide

This product is free from: Artificial Flavours, Colours & Preservatives, Lactose, Yeast & Gluten

Suitable for: Vegetarians and Vegans


  • Dietary products should not be used as a substitute for a well-balanced and healthy diet.
  • Store in a cool dry place, out of reach of children.
  • Do not use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.


✝ These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) The above products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. You should consult a physician before taking a new product or a nootropic. This product should not be taken by pregnant or nursing mothers, people suffering from cardiovascular disease or those under 18 years of age.

Any studies cited here are not conclusive and are limited to their closed environment nature; they might not determine ones experience with a nootropic, due to a large number of unaccounted variables falling outside the scope of such studies.

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  1. Hashiguchi, M. et al. 2015. Meta-analysis of the efficacy and safety of Ginkgo biloba extract for the treatment of dementia, J Pharm Health Care Sci. 1 (14).
  1. Amieva, H. et al. 2013. Ginkgo biloba extract and long-term cognitive decline: a 20-year follow-up population-based study, PLoS One. 8 (1).
  1. Nathan, P.J. et al. 2002. The acute nootropic effects of Ginkgo biloba in healthy older human subjects: a preliminary investigation, Hum Psychopharmacol. 17 (1), 45-9.