Gingko biloba is the oldest living tree species whose leaves are not used in their crude state but used in the form of a ginkgo biloba extract. It is also known as maidenhair tree, fossil tree, kew tree, Japanese silver apricot, baiguo etc. It is one of the best selling natural and herbal products in the world. It is helpful in treating various diseases. It has been used as a medicine from many years. This herb is easily dissolved but some people experience bleeding when used in combination with antiplatelet agents, warfarin and other herbal medications.
This herb is mostly sold as a medicine in Europe for the treatment of early-stages of various diseases such as peripheral claudication, Alzheimer's disease, tinnitus of vascular origin and vascular dementia. It acts as an antioxidant, a membrane stabilizer, a neuroprotective agent and an inhibitor of platelet-activating factor.
What it is made of?
There are about more than 40 components of ginkgo which have been identified but out of them only two provide the beneficial effects such as terpenoids and flavonoids . The flavonoids protect the heart muscle, nerves and retina from damage. Terpenoids improves the blood flow and reduces the stickiness of platelets.
- Ginkgo biloba extract contains 6 percent of terpenoids and 24 percent of flavonoids
Uses of Ginkgo Biloba
It has number of uses such as:-
It provides more sugar and oxygen to the brain cells to create more energy production.
It acts as an antioxidant and protects the brain cells.
It causes blood clots and reduces red blood cells.
It improves the activity of certain brain functions.
It improves the supply of blood to the brain.
It improves the elasticity of blood vessels.
It is used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, sexual dysfunction, asthma, fatigue and bronchitis.
It is helpful in the treatment of eye and ear disorders.
It improves mental clarity, long term and short term memory and increases reaction time.
What is a Ginko?
Ginko is a beneficial mineral that is found in a certain type of a tree that has been known to be one of the oldest species of trees presently found in the world. There are various positive effects of Ginko on our body, and are generally used in their derived form and are dried completely before being used. It is usually found in the Ginkgo tress and more abundantly in their leaves. There are loads of beneficial effects that include stabilization of different cell membranes along with reduction in the ill effects caused by the free radicals. The mineral also improve blood circulation as well as improves the oxygen level within the body.
Different effects of Ginko on our body:
There are several effects of Ginko on our body that can be classified in the following manner:
Incrementing blood circulation to the brain and lowers down the level of extremities in our body. Even Alzheimer’s disease has been found to be cured by the administration of Gingko.
Reducing the extent of hardness of arterial walls. Improving the concentration level as well as reducing the emotional stress with elderly people. Allergies as well as depression can also be treated through Ginko.
It has been known for reducing the level of loss of vision in the elderly people too.
Side effects of Ginko:
Though generally, the mineral does not cause any side effects, yet there are few side effects that hyper sensitivity patients may experience. Prolonged and excessive usage of Ginko may produce the condition of diarrhea. Even headaches as well as prolonged state of irritability are some of the side effects of imbalanced consumption of Ginko. Condition of restlessness as well as nausea has been registered as side effects with the excessive usage of the mineral. In order to cure any of the following side effects, the patients should immediately avoid the consumption of Ginko and call up general physicians for corrective treatment.
- It should not be taken by the children.
- Adults can see initial results in 4-6 weeks. One should take 120-240mg daily and should take 2-3 doses.
Side Effects of Ginkgo Biloba
Some side effects include nausea, diarrhea, allergic skin reactions, headache, dizziness and gastrointestinal upset.
This herb should not be taken by those people who are monoamine oxidase inhibitors or pregnant women should consult the doctor before using it.
Some people can experience blood circulation disorders with the use of ginkgo biloba.
One should tell their health care provider about the dietary supplement or herb they are taking to ensure coordinated and safe care.
Ginkgo biloba should not be taken at least 36 hours before surgery as it can lead to bleeding problems.