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Nature’s Sunshine Ginkgo Biloba (ginkgo biloba)

Ginkgo biloba, also known as the maidenhair tree, is the world’s oldest living species of tree. Individual trees live as long as 1,000 years. Ginkgo grows most predominantly in the southern and eastern United States, southern France, China, and Korea. The leaves of the tree are used in modern herbal medicine.

What it does

Ginkgo contains two main groups of active constituents, 24% Ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones. These compounds are powerful anti-oxidants and reduce the stickiness of the platelets in the blood, increase circulation and keep blood vessels toned and pliable.

Potential Uses

Alzheimers disease Oedema Age related cognitive decline
Allergies Asthma Chilblains
Deep vein thrombosis Stroke Raynauds disease
Tension headaches Transient Ischaemic Attacks Tinnitus

Other information

This herb has been shown to increase cerebral blood flow, and therefore oxygen and glucose utilisation in the brain. As well as improving vascular function in the brain, it increases the rate at which information is transmitted at the nerve cell level, an ability that is thought to be primarily due to a positive influence on neurotransmitter function. Clinical trials confirm that ginkgo extract improves short term memory, mental alertness and overall cognitive performance.

Ginkgo inhibits platelet-activating factor (PAF) – a major chemical trigger in asthma, inflammation and allergies.


Not recommended for those taking the prescribed anti-coagulant Warfarin, heparin or aspiring for cerebrovascular disease.

Caution with platelet inhibitors, check with your doctor before taking ginkgo.

Ginkgo is generally free of side effects, occasionally it can cause headache or stomach upset in the first few days of taking it.

If you are diabetic and you take glimepiride, glipizide, glyburide, metformin, or repaglinide to not take Ginkgo without your doctors consent.

If you are using the anti-depressant drug trazodone avoid ginkgo.



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