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Ginkgo for Diabetes

Ginkgo biloba
Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo biloba is the oldest living species of tree. Native to Asia, it is known both for its ornamental properties and the medicinal properties of its leaves and seeds. The ginkgo biloba has been a staple in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years, and is now used to treat fatigue, dementia, respiratory ailments, sexual dysfunction, and tinnitus.

Ginkgo for help with type 2 diabetes


Most supplements today are made from the leaves, rather than the seeds. The standard dose is 40-80 mg, 3 times daily, taken in capsule form.

Why It Works

Little research has been conducted, but some preliminary findings suggest that ginkgo biloba helps the body regulate its response to insulin, thus improving blood sugar levels. It is also believed to improve poor circulation.


Ginkgo may interact with certain medications, including ibuprofen, aspirin, and some anti-depressants. Some side effects may include dizziness, nausea, headache, sleeplessness, and increased bleeding. Pregnant women should not take ginkgo without consulting their doctor. Rarely, an allergic reaction may occur, particularly in those who are severely allergic to poison ivy or mango. Consuming large quantities of seeds (or supplements made with seeds) over a long period of time may cause death, particularly in children. ALWAYS check with your doctor before taking ginkgo biloba for diabetes. Ginkgo biloba has not been shown to benefit those with Type 1 diabetes. There is no cure for diabetes and home remedies should not be relied upon to manage diabetes.

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