Ginkgo Biloba and Weight Loss

Ginkgo Biloba is one of the oldest plants in the world, it is apparently 2,500 years old! It has survived because it is very resistant to bugs, snow, strong winds, and even atomic bombs (Ginkgo trees were the only survivors at a 1500-1800 mile radius after the blast on Hiroshima)[1].  Naturally due to its outstanding strength, people have been using its seeds, roots and leaves for a number of uses  for ages.

Does Ginkgo Biloba Work for Weight Loss?

The only part that has been proven to have beneficial health properties when consumed are the leaves; the extract is known to aid blood circulation[2]. There are many other attributes attached to Ginkgo Biloba (such as improving memory, vision, libido, and preventing tissue degeneration) but more study is needed[3].

One of these benefits is the aid in weight loss. Lately, Ginkgo biloba extract has been used with other supplements such as capsaicin in order to help people who are struggling to lose weight; however, it is still advised to maintain a balanced diet and exercise in order to achieve the desired weight goal[4].

So, does this mean Ginkgo doesn’t work for weight loss? Of course not, what it means is that it is not a miraculous herb that will make you lose weight on its own. As stated before, consuming Ginkgo regularly helps improve your blood flow. It does this because it contains high levels of Terpenoids, which aid blood flow by dilating the blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets this in turn helps to speed up metabolism burning calories faster. Plus, having a good circulation is essential for exercising. So you may feel less tired while doing cardiovascular workouts, which, when done regularly, helps you to burn the fat in your body.

Ginkgo also contains Flavonoids, plant antioxidants that protect muscles and nerves from damage.[5]

It is recommended to start with a dose of 120 mg per day and to increase it gradually to 600 mg[6]


Sources

  1. http://kwanten.home.xs4all.nl/hiroshima.htm
  2. http://apps.who.int
  3. http://www.umm.edu
  4. www.ehow.com
  5. www.newsmax.com
  6. www.webmd.com