Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba for Your Hair and Scalp

Can Ginkgo Biloba promote hair growth?

Gingko is well known as one of the oldest living species of tree. In recent years it has become a popular ingredient in herbal supplements sold in North America and Europe.  It has long been associated with boosting memory and playing a key role in treating dementia, but it has also been found to benefit hair, skin and nails in recent times.

Ginkgo biloba has been found to increase circulation and help with hair growth.  It does this by increasing blood flow to the peripheral parts of the body, and micro-capillaries. By improving circulation to these capillaries, the body is able to more-effectively deliver oxygen and nutrients to the scalp, thus promoting hair growth.

How Does Ginkgo Biloba work for Hair Loss?

Gingko’s properties as a vasodilator are thought to be able to help reduce hair loss, increasing the blood flow to the scalp, thus improving the follicles’ performance.  A pilot study in 2011 in which males were given a twice-daily dosage of 60mg ginkgo biloba extract, showed an improvement in cerebral blood flow.

Gingko Biloba can help prevent damage to hair follicles by aiding the source of nutrients to the scalp.  This potent plant can be even more beneficial when taken in conjunction with ingredients such as saw palmetto and biotin, within a multi-vitamin supplement.

Ginkgo Biloba is not just found in supplement form.  It can also be purchased and used in topical solutions such as shampoos, oils, and serums.  Many of the leading hair loss treatments and products on the market contain Ginkgo Biloba, which is further evidence of its reputation and effectiveness as an anti-hair loss extract.

Does Ginkgo Biloba have any Side-effects? 

There are no known major side-effects associated with this extract, however, in rare cases some users have reported headaches, nausea, dizziness, and diarrhoea.  Even though Ginkgo Biloba is regarded as safe to take, we would always advise speaking to your doctor before taking any herbal supplements, as a precautionary measure.

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