Ginkgo Biloba – Health Benefits and Side Effects

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Ginko Biloba Uses


Of more than 40 different components in the ginkgo biloba tree, scientists have identified two that they believe are responsible for its health benefits: flavonoids and terpenoids. These two components are credited with everything from boosting memory and mental sharpness to improving blood flow.

Ginkgo seems to improve blood circulation, which might help the brain, eyes, ears, and legs function better. It may slow down Alzheimer’s disease by interfering with changes in the brain that interfere with thinking. Ginkgo seeds contain substances that might kill the bacteria and fungi that cause infections in the body. The seeds also contain a toxin that can cause side effects like seizure and loss of consciousness.

Ginkgo leaf is also used for thinking disorders related to Lyme disease, chemotherapy, and depression. Some people use ginkgo to treat sexual performance problems. It is sometimes used to reverse the sexual performance problems that can accompany taking certain antidepressants called SSRIs.