Ginkgo Biloba FAQs
is the better form to take Ginkgo Biloba; tablets or capsules?
In a recent study regarding the absorption
of the Ginkgo Biloba extracts it was found that significantly
more ginkgo active ingredients were detected in the blood
after uptake of ginkgo tablets. Therefore, it appears that
ginkgo ingredients in tablets are better absorbed, so try
using tablets rather than capsules.
Is there any chance that taking Ginkgo Biloba will interfere
with my sleeping pattern?
When Ginkgo Biloba is given to the subjects,
none of them reported to have sleep disturbance. Moreover
there is no Caffeine associated with the Ginkgo Biloba so
no chance for disturbed sleep.
Is it possible for a pregnant or lactating mother to
take Ginkgo Biloba?
As Ginkgo Biloba increases the blood
circulation; so there are chances of spotting and unstoppable
bleeding at the time of delivery. Moreover it can be released
in milk of lactating mother. So ideally it should not be
taken by pregnant or lactating women.
Is it safe to take Ginkgo Biloba with Iron tablets/medications
taken for Anemia?
So far no clinical study has addressed
the issue of taking ginkgo and iron combined. Some dietary
supplements contain both ginkgo and iron. Excess iron may
cause oxidative damage to cells. Ginkgo has an anti-oxidation
activity and may protect cells from such damage. In case
iron has to be supplemented, ginkgo uptake is unlikely to
have a negative impact on iron's role in red cell formation
of the blood.
5. I figured out that I had stomach problems
when I took Ginkgo Biloba, is there any chance of it?
Rare stomach and intestine upset has
been observed in clinical trials after taking ginkgo. If
an adverse reaction occurs, stop taking the supplement,
the adverse reaction should be gone. Otherwise, other causes
should be sought after.
I have heard that Ginkgo Biloba helps in Glaucoma; how
true it is?
It was observed that ginkgo can increase
blood flow to the eye and improves visual damage in some
glaucoma patients. Many herbal remedies given to Glaucoma
patients seem to have Ginkgo Biloba in them.
I was taking Ginkgo Biloba and my doctor said not to
take Ibuprofen with it, why?
It is generally not recommended to take
Ginkgo Biloba and Ibuprofen together. The reason is that
ginkgo has the anti-blood clotting activity and ibuprofen
may increase bleeding. Potentially they may aggravate each
other increasing the chance of bleeding. However, the real
evidence is rare, if it exists, to demonstrate this actually
is the case. Occasionally it will be fine but not to take
it for too long.
Can I take Ginkgo Biloba leaves directly; I have direct
access to it?
It is not a good idea at all to consume
ginkgo leaves. Ginkgo
leaves contain toxic substances which are removed during
the complex process of preparing the standardized extract.
So if a tea is made from ginkgo depleted of the toxics,
it should be safe. If Ginkgo Biloba is added to a drink
in the form of standardized extract, it should be safe and