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Across the Pacific, in the mountains of China, lies the Chinese ginkgo tree, whose leaves contain one of the strongest antioxidants known: Ginkgo Biloba. The Chinese have been using ginkgo biloba leaves for centuries, and scientific studies are now reporting its ability to improve memory and reduce stress. The flavonoid contents of ginkgo may also improve sleep efficiency. Also, a recent study shows that ginkgo biloba has neuroprotective effects, scavenges free-radicals in our bodies, and helps in fighting oxidative stress. So who makes the best ginkgo biloba products? Here are our top 5 picks for ginkgo biloba supplements!
Our first pick is a pure powder of ginkgo biloba leaf extract made by the well-known Bulk Supplements company. Although gingko biloba powder does not mix easily with water, we did not have difficulty adding and mixing this product in our smoothies. Overall, the consensus is that the product is very effective. At $30 for 500 grams, this extract is the top choice for quality-hounds. Our only regret is that the product does not ship with a measuring spoon, a must have when you buy supplements in powder form.
Coming in at number two is a crowd-favorite: Extra Strength Ginkgo by Doctor’s Best. Lots of people who have purchased this product are pleasantly surprised by its effectiveness. There are also several reports of an increased libido while using this extract. While we were able to find one review study that shows promising results, we are unable to draw any strong conclusions that prove Ginko’s ability to increase libido. Still, at under $8 for 120 capsules, this is a quality supplement and our value pick . It also happens to be gluten free, non-gmo, and vegan.
The best-seller for ginkgo biloba is a combination product which also contains st. john’s worts and bacopin. The company claims a pharmaceutical-grade product and state that this particular mix of extracts work synergistically to enhance cognitive function, memory, and concentration. Remember that just because the individual compounds have been shown to be beneficial, does not mean that they also act synergistically. We remain skeptical despite the popularity, especially since it is not easy to find detailed information about the company. At $25 for 60 capsules, it also falls at the higher-end of the price point. Try this product if you are convinced that the popularity of this product is not biased by the placebo effect!
Another combo product, the Ginkgo Biloba with Vinpocetine comes in at number 4 on our list. It is well-received by hundreds of people who comment on its positive effects on mental clarity and sustained focus. We were able to find research that showed that vinpocetine may be useful for patients with mild cognitive impairment, although we think more studies are needed. It may seem a bit expensive at $20, but considering you are getting 300 softgels, this is a great deal for regular users.
Another extract of Ginkgo Biloba, these ‘Double Strength’ Ginkgo capsules claim a 24% standardized extract and the company guarantees them to contain a minimum of 24% flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones. Although a relative newcomer, many people are pleased with the quality of this product and report increased mental clarity and focus throughout the day. We are a bit hesitant to give a higher rating on account of an empty FAQ section on their website, coupled with our inability to locate any third party analyses of their products. However, at $10 for 120 capsules, it is fairly priced and worth a try for those who seek novelty.