Ginkgo, also known as Ginkgo Biloba, is from the leaves of the Ginkgo tree, the longest living species of tree in the world. Ginkgo Biloba is mainly known for its use as a cognitive enhancer and is used by many to help prevent or slow down memory problems that we face as we age. Athletes have been using Ginkgo Biloba recently to harness some of the benefits to increase mental alertness and focus. Studies also show that using Ginkgo Biloba may boost athletic intensity as well as eye-hand coordination. Ginkgo Biloba may be a good product to try if you experience mental fatigue or slowness that occurs in high stress situations from time to time.
Ginkgo Biloba works by improving circulation and increasing oxygen and blood flow to the body and brain. Due to the increased blood flow, this is another reason Ginkgo Biloba may increase cardiovascular health, sex drive and sexual function (erectile problems).
Ginkgo Biloba may not have the desired effects right away and may need to me taken for 6-8 weeks before noticing any improvement. The recommended dosages are
Reason for Use Dosage Frequency Timing
Enhanced Athletic Performance 40 – 80 mg 3 Times a Day 30 – 60 Minutes Before Activity
Age Related Problems (Alzheimer’s or Memory Loss 200 mg 3 Times a Day Spread Evenly throughout the Day
It is not recommended that Ginkgo Biloba be taken if using blood thinning medication and should not be used in dosages of over 600mg per day. This may cause diarrhea and/or vomiting.