Gingko Biloba May Improve Aerobic Performance of Young Men
Gingko biloba leaves are commonly used in Eastern medicine due to its anti-inflammatory and circulation-boosting effects. A recent study suggests that gingko biloba leaves may help improve maximal oxygen uptake and blood antioxidant capacity in young, active men.
18 young, active men participated in thestudy. They were given either 160 mg of gingko biloba extract or a placebo daily for six weeks. The participants performed an incremental cycling test for the assessment of maximal oxygen uptake at baseline as well as on the day following the treatment.
At the conclusion of the study, both groups had increases in maximal oxygen intake, but the gingko group had greater increases. They also found that the gingko supplement was associated with significant increases in brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). In the brain, BDNF is active in areas vital to learning, memory and higher thinking.
Researchers from The Jerzy Kukuczka Academy of Physical Education in Poland conducted the study. It was published on July 26, 2017, in Nutrients.
Gingko biloba is one of the oldest tree species in the world and its leaves have been used in traditional Asian medicines for centuries.