Ginkgo biloba extract for skin and body

Benefits of Ginkgo biloba extract:

  • Antioxidant: ginkgo biloba has a lots of flavonoids and terpenoids, these antioxidants protect the skin from free radicals, slow down aging.
  • Anti-inflammatory: ginkgo biloba also has the the ability to fight some inflammatory conditions, but more evidence is needed.
  • It may improve the flow of blood: it can also be seen as a blood thinner and can help in the flow of blood thus preventing blood clots.
  • It can help with cardiovascular diseases: by improving the flow of blood, ginkgo biloba can also prevent various heart diseases, hypoxia, platelet aggregation, and reduce capillary permeability through the release of NO and prostaglandins.
  • It has neuroprotective properties: it can prevents neurological damage and enhance memory and is shown to be effective against Alzheimer’s at a dose of 240mg/kg/day.
  • It also has anti-cancer properties: G. biloba extract was found to be effective at preventing gastric cancer cell proliferation and also prevent tumours.

Other benefits of Ginkgo biloba extract:

  • It helps to reduce symptoms of psychiatric disorders and dementia.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Improve brain function.
  • Reduce anxiety, stress, and depression.
  • Can help with eye vision.
  • It can also treat headaches and migraines.
  • May improve asthma and COPD (respiratory disease) Symptoms, this is mainly because of the inflammatory properties of ginkgo biloba extract.
  • Reducing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
  • May help with sexual dysfuction.

Many of the benefits of Ginkgo biloba extracts mentioned above don’t have much evidence or there is no sufficient data to support these claims.

Who all can use Ginkgo biloba extract?

Taking ginkgo biloba by mouth is likely safe for some people. It can cause some minor side effects like stomach upset, headache, dizziness, and allergic skin reactions. Ginkgo leaf extract might also increase the risk of bruising and bleeding or cause arrhythmia.

Applying ginkgo leaf extract to the skin may be safe for some people, but make sure to conduct a patch test to see if you are allergic to the leaf.

This leaf also shouldn’t be used by pregnant women and also for breastfeeding.

How to use Ginkgo biloba extract supplements?

Ginkgo has been used by adults in doses of 60-240 mg (by mouth) daily for 6 months.

Between 120 milligrams to 240 milligrams of the extract were used daily in studies (consult a doctor for this).

Possibly effective for:

  • Anxiety: Taking a specific ginkgo extract called EGb 761 by mouth for 4 weeks can reduce symptoms of anxiety by a small amount
  • Alzheimer’s disease can interfere with the brain’s thinking (dementia). So, taking ginkgo 240 mg by mouth daily may slightly improve dementia symptoms.
  • Taking ginkgo leaf extract by mouth may help with the symptoms associated with premenstrual syndrome.
  • Schizophrenia: taking ginkgo leaf extract by mouth daily along with the conventional antipsychotic medications for 8-16 weeks can help reduce some symptoms of schizophrenia.
  • Dizziness and stroke: ginkgo leaf extract could also help reduce some symptoms of dizziness, balance disorders and stroke.

Possibly Ineffective for:

  • Decline in memory and thinking skills.
  • Sexual problems.
  • Heart diseases.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Ringing in the ears (tinnitus).
  • Multiple sclerosis (MS).

Precautions to take before using Ginkgo biloba extract:

  • It might make bleeding disorders worse.
  • People who are allergic to poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, mango rind, or cashew shell oil might also be allergic to ginkgo.
  • If you have diabetes, look at your blood sugar closely as ginkgo biloba can interfere.
  • It might cause seizures.
  • Surgery: ginkgo might slow blood clotting. It might cause bleeding during and after surgery so, you should stop using ginkgo at least 2 weeks before a surgery.
  • Ginkgo might cause anemia in people who have glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency.
  • Fertility: ginkgo might interfere with getting pregnant.