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An introduction to Ginkgo Biloba

An introduction to Ginkgo Biloba

Herbal remedies have been popular around the world for thousands of years, from the ancient Egyptians, who would inhale herbal vapours, to the Greeks and Chinese. The Chinese in particular, were, and still are, very fond of Ginkgo Biloba. This fan-shaped leaf has been grown in Europe since the 1700s.

Many older people with dementia supplement with Ginkgo Biloba, because of its positive effects on cognition and memory. Ginkgo Biloba appears to work by stimulating blood flow, which in turn delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the brain and muscle tissues – it’s why many natural-based energy products contain it.

As we said, Ginkgo Biloba is plant-based, making it a popular alternative to synthetic stimulants. One neat way of using Ginkgo Biloba is as a pre-workout supplement. Take it 20-30 minutes before your workout, and you could see your output increase. Likewise if you’re looking for a study time boost.

Ginkgo Biloba has also been linked to improvements in eye conditions and even some mental health illnesses such as schizophrenia. More evidence is needed here, but it’s been suggested that this is also down to improvements in blood flow.

Can I use ginkgo biloba as a coffee substitute?

Sure. Ginkgo biloba mixes easily into hot water. Throw in some mint leaves and a curl of lemon ring, and you’ve got yourself a healthy, refreshing hot tea.

Ginkgo biloba works differently to coffee. In coffee, the caffeine blocks the action of a substance called adenosine, which tells your brain, “Hey, you’re tired.” Throughout the day, adenosine builds up in your brain, eventually tipping you over into a sleepy state. Caffeine binds to your adenosine receptors, fooling your brain, and preventing the actual adenosine from doing its job. As a result, you stay awake longer.

There’s no such trickery in ginkgo biloba, which simply pumps up the volume on your blood flow, firing more oxygen to your muscles and brain.

What is Ginkgo Biloba good for?

  • Improving cognitive function – focus, memory, clarity
  • Stable, natural source of energy
  • Increasing output during exercise

When and how much should I take?

We recommend one MyVitamins Ginkgo Biloba tablet per day with food.

Ashley English

Ashley English

Writer and expert

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