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Brains or beauty? How about both. We’ve been talking with brain health pioneer, Dr. Daniel Amen for years now. In fact, we first shared his impressive take on ginkgo biloba and shared it with you in 2014 while the doc was our guest editor.

Recently, Dr. Amen and his Amen Clinics brain scans have been getting a ton of buzz, thanks to the Kardashian effect. Kendal and Khloe recently had their scans done with the doctor and now more people are asking questions about the health of their brains.

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                               Dr. Amen at the Amen Clinic with Kendall and Khloe Kardashian

On of the most compelling facts we ever learned from Dr. Amen came from his podcast chat with another former guest editor, Dave Asprey.

After scanning thousands of patients’ brains at the Amen Clinic, Dr. Amen told Asprey that, of all the supplements and behaviors his clients try, those who use ginkgo biloba regularly have some of the “prettiest brains” he sees in his practice. Intrigued? So were we.

What is Ginkgo Biloba + Benefits of Supplementing

Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world. Long used for its mental acuity benefits, especially for the elderly, ginkgo is coming back on our radars fast. Here’s what you need to know about using – and benefiting from – ginkgo.

Brain BoosterGinkgo improves blood circulation, which helps our eyes, ears, legs and brains function better. Research shows that ginkgo can help improve concentration, memory, cognitive clarity and can even help lessen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.

Energy Enhancer: Ginko helps regulates blood flow; research shows that ginkgo can increase blood vessel dilation and stimulate blood flow throughout our bodies. Consequently, the extra oxygen transported through our system helps boost our energy, endurance and physical strength.

Mood Manager: As an adaptogenic herb, ginkgo can help cool our stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline – making it useful for managing stress, anxiety, and can even help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression. Ginko is also great for handing PMS, addressing both mood swings and cramps (ginkgo is super anti-inflammatory!).

Protective Pro: Notably anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, ginkgo offers protection against mitochondrial damage, oxidative stress, and physical signs of aging. In addition to helping prevent certain diseases, ginkgo also helps prevent vision degeneration and cataracts. Some studies have even shown that ginkgo can improve vision and increase long-distance sight capacity for glaucoma patients.

how to try it: Take your recommended dosage of ginkgo daily as a tea, capsule or tincture. Try NOW Supplements Double Strength Ginkgo Biloba or Gaia Herbs Ginkgo Leaf. You can buy loose leaf ginkgo for tea HERE. Do you use Ginkgo? Tell us your experience in the comments!

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  1. How much ginkgo should be taken daily to benefit?

  2. I am 57 and would like to know how much ginko should I take in one day?

    Janet Gee | 01.12.2018 | Reply
  3. I just started taking ginkgo 60mg twice a day for sudden severe brain fog. Within two weeks I was back to my old self. I am perimenopausal. I am 52 and did not want to go on synthetic HRT’s. I was very skeptical of ginkgo but now I am glad I started taking it. I did a lot of research on it. It will part of my supplements for a long time!

    Beverly | 01.12.2018 | Reply
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    Olivia Hernandez | 01.12.2018 | Reply
  5. Do you have other Ginkgo recommendations that aren’t in tincture form?

    Xochiltl | 01.12.2018 | Reply
  6. How can you possibly publish this article when there has been no large-scale, peer-reviewed scientific research proving that Ginkgo Biloba is effective for anything other than being a modest source of antioxidants (in it’s unprocessed form)? Where’s the sources for this article? And how about posting a warning for people using anticoagulants about well-known side effects of the interaction!

    Brook | 01.14.2018 | Reply
    • How about the responsibility of the modern person is to conduct their own research in regards to information about ideas they’ve received from non scientific sources? Stop nuce neat packages of easy work everywhere. Just hit that unsubscribe button if you feel burdenned in any way. We’re here for their insughts and udeas not because they ate meducal professionals.

      K. D. | 01.15.2018 | Reply
    • I have walked into large drug store chains and looked at their menopausal products. Many contain ginkgo biloba. I do realize that it can thin my blood and with any supplement you should do your own research. I prefer to go the supplement way when possible. Many people take aspirin daily and it also thins the blood.

      Beverly | 01.15.2018 | Reply
  7. Any update on this article ?
    And update on typical dosage ? and format of ginkgo biloba ?

    Steve Marshall | 05.11.2021 | Reply
  8. 20 years ago I tried ginkgo biloba and it gave me a headache so I never tried it again. I was taking care of my Dad and I noticed he had ginkgo biloba and asked him and he said it gave him headaches so he did not take it anymore either. After reading this article I decided to give it another shot but will do some research and start very low dose such as drinking it as a tea. Dr. Amen saying it makes peoples brains light up captured my attention.

    Susan | 10.18.2022 | Reply
  9. Could my teenager (16-year-old) start taking this supplement?

    Kath | 05.03.2023 | Reply

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