The ginkgo biloba, also known as ginkgo or maidenhair tree, is a unique species of tree originating in China. Ginkgos are large trees, reaching a height around 20-35m with distinct leaves that during the autumn take on a deep yellow saffron color.
The extract of these leaves for quite some time now has made a claim as a weight loss supplement. Though no studies can positively link ginkgo biloba with weight loss, two of its properties have scientists speculating that it could in fact help with weight loss.
Gingko biloba contains flavonoids and terpenoids.
Flavonoids are antioxidants that can also be found in green tea, and have been shown to be able to lower triglyceride levels in the blood. Triglycerides are a type of fat found in our body.
The second property of gingko, terpenoid, is known to induce blood flow, something that helps boost your metabolism. In addition to the weight loss benefits that ginkgo claims (though without evidence) studies have been conducted on its function on the brain and its ability to boost memory.
Unfortunately though, those studies came up with the conclusion that ginkgo is no better than a placebo at improving memory and treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s.