Ginkgo Biloba is a popular supplement and one of the top-selling herbal medicines. The ginkgo tree, also known as the maidenhair tree, is one of the oldest species of trees in the world. Ginkgo Biloba extract is collected from the dried green leaves of the plant and is available as liquid extracts, capsules, and tablets.

Gingko contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals. In this way, antioxidants are believed to help reduce the risk of cancer.


The therapeutic properties of the ginkgo plant are said to include;

  • Treatment for blood disorders
  • Improving eye health.
  • It may help with cognitive function.
  • Anxiety.
  • Memory enhancement, dementia, and Alzheimer’s.
  • Improved thinking and memory.
  • Better social behavior.
  • Better ability to perform everyday tasks.
  • Glaucoma.

Side Effects

Possible side effects of Ginkgo Biloba include;

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Stomach ache
  • Restlessness
  • Vomiting.

Form and Dosage

Ginkgo is available in capsule form, as tablets, liquid extracts, and dried leaves for teas.

In studies, adults used between 120 and 240 milligrams a day in divided doses. It appears to take 4 to 6 weeks before improvements are noticed.


written by: Oreoluwa Hassan

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