Should I take ginkgo biloba to improve or protect my memory?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you want to. Though there are no large studies to support its use, there's some promise that this very commonly used supplement is effective in helping improve cognition. It can also thin the blood, which can be helpful in folks with blood vessel disease but dangerous for those with clotting disorders or anticipating surgery. Because it's considered a safe antioxidant supplement, we're comfortable with you trying 120 milligrams daily to see if it has any positive effects.
You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty

More About this Book

You: Staying Young: The Owner's Manual for Extending Your Warranty

International bestselling authors of YOU: The Owner's Manual and YOU: On a Diet give you all the tools and know-how to stay young and defy the ageing process. Drawing lively parallels between your...

Continue Learning about Ginkgo

What do I need to know about ginkgo biloba and ginseng?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
Two herbs that patients ask us about more than any others are ginkgo biloba and ginseng. I lump them...
More Answers
Who should not take ginkgo biloba?
Stacy Wiegman, PharmDStacy Wiegman, PharmD
Do not take gingko biloba if you know you are allergic to it. Do not take garlic if you take blood-t...
More Answers
Does ginkgo biloba work to treat erectile dysfunction?
Dr. Michael Roizen, MDDr. Michael Roizen, MD
Ginkgo biloba comes from the leaves and seeds of the Chinese ginkgo tree. Some people believe that t...
More Answers
Can I take ginkgo biloba and ginseng if I take BP medicine?
You should discuss this with your doctor, especially the specialist prescribing the blood pressure m...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.