Ginkgo Biloba: Superhero Memory and Brain Supplement?

Like Robin is to Batman, Kato is to the Green Hornet, Hobbes to Calvin, Butch Cassidy to the Sundance Kid, every super hero needs to have a faithful sidekick. Someone who doesn’t quite posses the powers of the main character, but with their own “mini-powers” they make the duo so much better.

When we began the journey of improving the original MindBoost Day formula we knew our super hero ingredient was going to be bacopa monneiri and we needed to find that special sidekick – the one that compliments without overshadowing. One that when added to the formula would push it over the edge in terms of health and performance.

We needed to find our superhero sidekick ingredient.

It was then we discovered the Maidenhair Tree. This tree is one of the only trees to have survived several extension events throughout the Earth’s history. It is considered a living fossil. That’s a good start.

They are reputed to live for more than 1,000 years

(reports out of China claim trees over 2,500 years old) and grow to reach heights towering over 130 feet high (over 43 meters). Sounds pretty heroic to us.

Then we started looking at the effects that ginkgo biloba has on the brain when taken as a supplement. That is where we really started getting excited.

The Research On Ginkgo Biloba

Once again we turn to the best research and science available. In our never ending quest to find the most beneficial supplements to improve health one of our first stops is always with The Journal of the American Medical Association.

The first placebo-controlled, double-blind, randomized trial of a ginkgo extract for dementia showed very promising results. It concluded “EGb was safe and appears capable of stabilizing and, in a substantial number of cases, improving the cognitive performance and the social functioning of demented patients for 6 months to 1 year. Although modest, the changes induced by EGb were objectively measured by the ADAS-Cog and were of sufficient magnitude to be recognized by the caregivers in the GERRI.”



Plant-Based Nutraceutical Interventions against Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Meta-Analytic Evidence of Efficacy of a Standardized Gingko biloba Extract

Pretty impressive, right? Then we looked to the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease. In this meta-analysis the researchers found that, again, ginkgo biloba extract showed that the supplement “is able to stabilize or slow decline in cognition, function, behavior, and global change at 22–26 weeks in cognitive impairment and dementia, especially for patients with neuropsychiatric symptoms.”


Efficacy and Adverse Effects of Ginkgo Biloba for Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

Let’s look at one more (although there are hundreds to review if want).

Again, in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, October, 2014 researchers performed another meta-analysis of ginkgo extract and found trials “focusing particularly on dementia, AD, and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) subgroups with neuropsychiatric symptoms (NPS) and some recent meta-analyses have suggested a renowned role for EGb 761 for cognitive impairment and dementia.”

Plant-Based Nutraceutical Interventions against Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Meta-Analytic Evidence of Efficacy of a Standardized Gingko biloba Extract

Plant-Based Nutraceutical Interventions against Cognitive Impairment and Dementia: Meta-Analytic Evidence of Efficacy of a Standardized Gingko biloba Extract


Ok, so I don’t want to bore you with all the scientific literature and research on ginkgo biloba and the benefits it shows towards cognitive decline, dementia, and other brain related impairments. If you really want to go deep into the research, again here is a great link to get you there.

Ginkgo Biloba Side Effects and Warnings

First and foremost, we strongly encourage anyone who is looking to add a supplement to their diet to consult with their physician first. Everyone is different and your doctor will be able to give you the best advice about what to take and what not to.

That being said, ginkgo biloba does present some side effects and warnings for particular groups of people. Anyone taking anti-coagulants, blood thinners, or antithrombotic medicines (including aspirin) must definitely seek professional advice before taking any ginkgo. Also, individuals taking medications to prevent seizures or if you have ever had a seizure you probably shouldn’t take ginkgo (let your doctor decide).

Ginkgo is thought to improve blood flow, so just like with any supplements, if you are having surgery or just coming out of surgery, please do not take any supplements until your doctor says its ok.

And finally, if you are pregnant or nursing it is probably wise to avoid taking ginkgo as well.

Ginkgo Biloba Reviews, Benefits, and Expectations

Ok, so far so good. Except for a small group of people (see above) ginkgo is known for thousands of years to be safe at recommended dosages. When you do decide to add ginkgo to your supplement stack, what can you expect?

First, nothing happens immediately. By that we mean if you are expecting some sort of energetic boost or rush from taking our products or ginkgo in general you are mistaken.

We are working towards long term brain health here, not day to day stimulant driven pops. So your first expectation should be to be using the supplement for more than 6 weeks. Of all the studies noted in our research, they all concluded that the best benefits resulted from long term usage. The longer you use ginkgo the better the results (typically true for all our products).

Ginkgo Biloba has a very long history and usage for improving memory.  As mentioned before, memory is a tricky thing to measure, but for thousands of years ginkgo has been used to help improve memory and retention. What our conclusions from the research show is that ginkgo helps increase the blood flow to your brain which is the biggest factor in better brain functioning. The more blood flow and oxygen you get to your brain the better it is going to work.

Primarily, the research seems to show that ginkgo helps prevent free radical damage to your brain and thus delays in cognitive decline and general brain health.

Ginkgo is also widely used to help treat tinnitus or ringing in the ears.  Tinnitus isn’t a condition itself, but is usually a symptom of another condition. Many people report very positive reports with ginkgo and tinnitus.

Ginkgo is reputed to have lots of other health benefits like improved eye health, circulation, and reducing general free radical damage throughout your body.

Like most people, we like to hear first hand what peoples experiences are with ginkgo biloba. Here are quotes we found around the web:

“I started using Ginkgo Biloba(5ml) intake everyday and it has greatly increased my libido and enhanced my intercourse performance…I am taking it alongwith Ginseng(5ml). I am very happy about the results which were noticable after mere 3 days of intake.” Jat

And truth be told replied: “Omg. I thought it was just me, I just take it alone and I’m a sex machine and can’t get enough. If I took it with ginseng I’d probably be arrested:p”

That wasn’t our first reason for using ginkgo in MindBoost Day, but sounds good to us 🙂

“I just started taking Ginkgo for sleep attacks during the day which created negative thinking and a depressed CNS. So much in fact I have been avoiding work for years and other simple tasks. When this sleepiness hits I would be totally wiped out. I started to feel Ginkgo’s effects after two doses (60mg). Today is my first full day without fatigue (two days after starting).” James

And he goes on to say: “To be honest I have not read anything close to what is happening to me now relating to Ginkgo. Its like an emotional dimmer is slowly being turned down and tiredness is losing its power. This is freeing up space in my head for concentration and focus. Sleep too is uninterrupted and better. I seem to need less yet get great results. In the past I have tried many antidepressants and even Ritalin. Ritalin worked well but nothing like Ginkgo”

“I have been taking Ginkgo for about a month. I have already notice a better short term and long term memory capability. My sexual interest and performance have increased, which I am loving. I feel I have more energy and endurance.” Gin

“I have been using Ginkgo biloba for approx 4 months now and have experienced more benefits than I thought possible. It has really allowed me to concentrate and focus at a level I didn’t think possible. I had not been able to concentrate for nearly a decade and couldn’t enjoy my favorite passtime of reading for as many years due to lack of concentration. It has been very beneficial in the “restless leg” syndrome I had been experiencing and lose of circulation in my legs. The cramps I use to experience is nearly non exesitant now. I am allergic to NSAIDS including aspirn, causing me to bleed from hole that shouldn’t. I do not experience this using the Ginkgo biloba.” Melinda

Now, that is pretty amazing reactions (source) from people and definitely speaks to the popularity of ginkgo.

Our Conclusions

As you can see, ginkgo biloba is a very exciting addition to MindBoost Day. We decided to add it as a the sidekick to bacopa minnieri and our other mind-boosting ingredients.  We felt that they would create a dynamic duo of long term brain health for you.

You will not find another long term brain supplement that gives you full 24 hour supplementation to improve your overall brain health like MindBoost Day and MindBoost Night.

If you have tried MindBoost, ginkgo, or have any questions we would love to hear from you in our comments below:




About the Author Russell Lundstrom

One of those head guys at SSS. A lifetime of entrepreneurship and more than 20 years in and around the supplement industry he plots the course and strategies plus writes blogs that gives important knowledge to the world.

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