Ginkgo biloba is an herb that is used in the treatment of many diseases & ailments. Read the article to know the health benefits of eating Ginkgo biloba & explore its nutritional value as well.

Health Benefits Of Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo biloba, also known as the Maidenhair tree after Adiantum (genus of 200 species of ferns), is a perennial tree native to China and Japan and is also found in some areas of Europe and North America. Though the plant’s nuts and leaves are consumed, its seed is reported to cause poisoning when ingested. The most extensively used part of the plant is its leaves, which are widely used in the treatment of many ailments and diseases. It is one of the best selling herbal remedy in Europe and United States and even stands as the national tree of China. Read on to know more about the health benefits of ginkgo Biloba and explore its nutritional value as well.
Nutritional Value Of Ginkgo Biloba
Amount of Ginkgo Biloba:28 g (1 ounce)
15.5 g
0.3 g
1.2 g
Total Fat
0.5 g
Saturated Fat
0.1 g
Monosaturated Fat
0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat
0.2 g
Total Calories
214 KJ
From Carbohydrate
179 KJ
From Fat
16.3 KJ
From Protein
17.6 KJ
Fatty Acids
Omega-3 Fatty Acids
5.9 mg
Omega-6 Fatty Acids
162 mg
Total Carbohydrate
10.5 g
Vitamin A IU
156 IU
Vitamin A (retinol activity equiv)
7.8 mcg
0.1 mg
Vitamin C
4.2 mg
1.7 mg
Vitamin B6
0.1 mg
15.1 mcg
Food Folate
15.1 mcg
Dietary Folate Equivalents
15.1 mcg
0.6 mg
0.3 mg
7.6 mg
34.7 mg
143 mg
0.1 mg
0.1 mg
2 mg
Nutrition & Health Benefits Of Eating Ginkgo Biloba 
  • Ginkgo biloba brings relief from diseases related to brain, as it increases blood flow to the brain and regulates neurotransmitters. It also stimulates and tones the brain. It is very effective in preventing Alzheimer's disease.
  • The herb increases memory and concentration power and hence is advised to children and adults alike.
  • It controls the conversion of cholesterol to plaque (that contributes to the hardening of arteries) and brings relief to contracted blood vessels.
  • Ginkgo biloba is known as a popular herb that is used to treat infertility or impotence in males.
  • The herb reduces the side effect of menopause, like osteoporosis and can be used as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
  • It provides oxygen to the hearing organs and thus improves the hearing of individuals suffering from hearing problems, even hearing loss.
  • The components present in the gingko biloba aid the treatment of bronchial asthma and chronic bronchitis. 
  • Ginkgo biloba should be avoided by pregnant women or individuals taking antidepressants and anticoagulants. In such cases, it should be taken only after advice from the doctor.
  • Individuals suffering from blood circulation disorders should strictly avoid taking the herb, as it can increase the risk of bleeding.
  • Its consumption can lead to gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, diarrhea,a and vomiting. Hence, it should be consumed in moderation.
  • Ginkgo biloba can trigger headache, heart palpitations, dizziness and restlessness and should be avoided by individuals experiencing these symptoms.
  • The leaves of ginkgo contain long-chain alkyl phenols, together with the extremely potent allergens that can trigger strong allergic reactions in individuals sensitive to it.

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