Ginkgo Biloba is an herb that has been around for so long. It is considered as an important plant in traditional medicine and is being used to treat blood disorders and to improve memory.
Modern researches have found that standardized Ginkgo biloba extract made from the dried green leaves is potentially beneficial for keeping memory sharp and for treating many health problems.
Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
Both traditional medicine and modern health practitioners recognizes the following health benefits of Ginkgo Biloba:
Treatment of Several Neurodegenerative Disorders. The standardized extract of Ginkgo biloba has been widely employed for its significant benefit in neurodegenerative disorders. Several studies suggest that the extract has a positive effect on memory and thinking in people with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases, and that it may protect nerve cells that are damaged in Alzheimer’s disease and may work as well to delay the symptoms of dementia.
Memory Enhancement. Ginkgo biloba has been a popular “brain herb” for a long time. A study has found that ginkgo helped improve memory and thinking of healthy young and middle-aged people who took 240 mg per day. Another study on the efficacy of Ginkgo biloba extract on the neuropsychologic functioning of 48 cognitively intact older adults between the ages of 55 and 86 years suggested that relatively utilization of Ginkgo biloba extract may be effective in enhancing certain neurocognitive functions/processes of healthy older adults. This study found that memory and processing speed appeared to be increased in participants who were given 180mg daily for a period of six weeks, although attention and task switching (trail making test) were unaffected with treatment.
Treatment for Anxiety. One preliminary study found that ginkgo might help relieve anxiety. In a study of people with generalized anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder with anxious mood, participants who took a specific extract of ginkgo had fewer anxiety symptoms than those who took placebo. Supplementation of 240-480mg of ginkgo biloba extract daily for 4 weeks is associated with less anxiety symptoms. Symptoms appeared to be significantly reduced by the end of the trial, but there were no significant differences at the half-way point of 2 weeks.
Intermittent Claudication. Although additional evidence from high-quality trials is still needed to prove ginkgo biloba extract’s effectiveness in treating claudication or cramping pain in the leg caused by clogged arteries, some people still vouch that their condition improved after taking ginkgo biloba. Published studies reveal that people taking it can walk roughly 37 yards more than people taking a placebo.
Glaucoma. According to one study, people with glaucoma who took 120 mg of ginkgo biloba daily for eight weeks realized that their vision had improved. In another study on the effect of ginkgo biloba extract on preexisting visual field damage in normal tension glaucoma (NTG), it has been proven that supplementation of ginkgo was able to improve vision of patients with glaucoma. The dosage was thrice daily EGb-761 at 40mg for four weeks.
Macular Degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive, degenerative eye disease that impairs the retina and a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older. Some studies suggest that ginkgo may help preserve vision of people with AMD, while other studies have determined that the flavonoids found in ginkgo biloba may help cure AMD.
Uses and Forms of Ginkgo Biloba
- Prescription Drugs (capsules, tablets)
- Dried leaves for Tea
- Liquid extract