The Effect of Ginkgo Biloba on Longevity

If you or a loved one are 65 or older, you might be interested in hearing about a French study which revealed that older people who take ginkgo biloba may live longer.

Dr. Jean-Francois Dartigues at the University of Bordeaux followed a group of 3,534 men and women 65 and older for a period of 13 years. At the start of the study, which was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, six percent of the participants were taking a ginkgo biloba extract supplement. And those who took the supplement were 24 percent less likely to die during the 13-year period than those who did not take it.

While taking ginkgo isn’t certain to help you live longer, there are other reasons to give it a try. For instance, gingko acts as a blood thinner, which helps improve circulation. It also has many beneficial flavonoids – a group of immune-boosting antioxidants. And it has been shown to help improve brain function.

Taking 20 mg or 60 mg of gingko biloba extract with breakfast a few times a week could make your mind and body healthier.

[Ed. Note: Ray Sahelian, M.D., the author of Mind Boosters, is internationally recognized as a moderate voice in the evaluation of natural supplements. Visit Dr. Sahelian’s website at]