Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) is one of the oldest living tree species. Most ginkgo products are made with extract prepared from its fan-shaped leaves.
The most helpful components of ginkgo are believed to be flavonoids, which have powerful antioxidant qualities, and terpenoids, which help improve circulation by dilating blood vessels and reducing the “stickiness” of platelets.
Potential Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba:
- Dementia and Cognitive Impairment.
- Heart disease.
- Depression and Anxiety.
- Sexual Dysfunction.
Risks and Side Effects of Taking Ginkgo Biloba
Still, some people should not take ginkgo, including children, pregnant people, and individuals who are breastfeeding, Dilley says.
Ginkgo may also interfere with the management of diabetes and seizure medications, so it is not recommended for people with these conditions, according to Mount Sinai.
Side effects of taking ginkgo can include:
- Allergic skin reactions.
- Upset stomach.
- Heart palpitations.