Ginkgo biloba proves to be a valid ally to counteract anxiety, stress, depression but also tinnitus. This emerges from two recent scientific studies, the first published in the ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry by an Iranian team (Deravi et al, ASEAN Journal of Psychiatry, 2022), the second in the Journal of Clinical Medicine thanks to the work of a Germanic team (Brueggemann et al, J Clin Med, 2021).
Ginkgo biloba reduces anxiety, stress and depression, the study
The first study is a review that collects, comments and compares the results of previous studies. In particular, what emerges is a double action of ginkgo biloba leaf extracts, which help to counteract both anxiety and depression. In fact, studies carried out on both animals and humans have shown that the intake of ginkgo biloba is able to reduce the damage caused by stress on the body and mind, improving cognitive function and the ability to adapt, even if the external environment is adverse. Not only that, ginkgo, by regulating cortisol, helps to decrease blood pressure that has risen due to stressful events. But ginkgo biloba extracts have been shown to bring benefits even in cases of depression, counteracting apathy and lack of appetite and increasing serotonin and dopamine levels. An effect of anxiety and depression is a deterioration in sleep quality. The intake of ginkgo extracts has also been able to improve this aspect, especially favoring the part of deep sleep, which is sleep that restores and regenerates.
Ginkgo biloba reduces tinnitus, the study
The second research tested the effects of taking ginkgo biloba in the case of people with tinnitus and who also presented anxiety and depression at the same time. What emerged was that taking ginkgo biloba leaf extracts, 240 mg per day for 6 months, improved tinnitus, reducing it in intensity, but also relieved anxiety and depression, with further improvement of tinnitus.
Conclusions and warnings
Studies have therefore shown that ginkgo biloba can be an ally to counteract anxiety, stress and depression but also tinnitus. Ginkgo biloba-based supplements can be found in pharmacies and herbal medicine, but should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. In addition, ask your doctor for advice before starting any treatment to check for possible interactions with medications in use. Ginkgo biloba can interact with anticoagulant medications, it can also increase the risk of bleeding and bruising in predisposed people but minor side effects such as headaches, upset stomach and skin rashes can also occur.