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Is Ginkgo Biloba FDA Approved? [Are Products Safe To Use?]

Despite the shares of medicinal godsend yields people acquire from the plant Ginkgo biloba, it’s really a matter of debate to consider these products to be FDA-approved! 

Usually, Ginko Biloba products are not FDA-approved, although there are medicinal benefits. So, experts advise using these products as dietary supplements rather than treat diseases and seek medical attention from true professionals.

Let’s learn about the health benefits of Ginkgo biloba and get to know why its products do not pass through FDA approval. 

Ginkgo Biloba [Overview & Health Benefits]

Ginkgo biloba, or Maidenhair Tree, is an ancient genus of prehistoric Gymnosperm (non-flowering plant) present in the world today.

With a staggering height of 25-80 feet, the first relic of Ginkgo biloba dates back to 200 million years. Hence, the plant is a “Living Fossil!”

However, unlike other flowering plants of today, Ginkgo biloba is non-flowering flora and begets cones instead of blooms.

With such an ancient history, Ginkgo is open to today’s medical study, and researchers have clarified its numerous health benefits.

Image illustrates Ginkgo Biloba product
Herbal products from the plant parts of Ginkgo biloba have many health benefits.

Both traditional and modern medicine have ascribed the uses of Ginkgo biloba as a potential source for treating multiple health-related defects.

Furthermore, there has been ample research on the therapeutic potential of Ginkgo biloba for healing tuberculosis, bronchitis, skin and eye issues, dementia, anxiety, heart diseases, and diabetes.

Do You Know?

You can grow Ginkgo trees as bonsai, but they sometimes take at least 2-3 years to grow or even longer.

What Are The Products Of Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo biloba products include extracts, powders, edibles (capsules & tablets), topical creams, drops, and many more.

You may even find some of the products in your nearest health store.

But despite its medicinal claims to treat a number of diseases, people should stay hesitant to use Ginkgo biloba products to heal themselves.

The most potent chemical components in Ginkgo biloba are terpenoids and flavonoids, which researchers are still testing in further laboratory studies.
This is because the chemical components in the Ginkgo biloba extracts can potentially be toxic to humans. 

Are Ginkgo Biloba Products FDA Approved?

You must take Ginkgo biloba products in health stores in the form of dietary supplements.

Food And Drug Administration (FDA) disapproves Ginkgo biloba use in the form of a medicinal drug.

A dietary supplement is a product that you take with, before or after meal hours, for additional nutrients you cannot get from the food alone.

Image illustrates FDA approval of Ginkgo Biloba products
You can use Ginkgo biloba products as a dietary supplement, not a direct medication.

Similarly, dietary supplements don’t need to undergo the same rigorous testing and follow the same safety standards as true pharmaceutical policy.

Ginkgo biloba is a potential source of bioactive compounds. But these are lab trial results and may not be potent for all.

Ginkgo biloba holds potential in the medical field. However, the FDA has not completely approved its medical claims to treat severe diseases.

Furthermore, researchers perform these tests on animals with short study durations and fewer subjects/ sample sizes.

From Editorial Team


Ginkgo biloba is a cove of medical and pharmaceutical wonder. But you should use its products only as a dietary supplement.

The FDA doesn’t hold true claims for its authenticity to treat serious medical conditions, and research is also in progress!

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