Ginkgo Biloba belongs to a category of herbs known as adaptogens.
These are herbs which optimize the body’s stress response and promote balance and wellbeing.
So when you’ve had a bad day at the office, they’ll help calm you down. Whereas if you need a boost of energy, they’ll help kick you into gear.
Why’s this relevant?
Well, the time of day that you take adaptogens has a big impact on the effects they have on you.
Here’s whether you should take Ginkgo Biloba in the morning or at night:
You should take Ginkgo Biloba in the morning if you want to reduce anxiety, PMS symptoms, or your blood sugar levels. Whereas you should take Ginkgo Biloba at night if you want to improve your sleep.
In this article, we cover the benefits of taking Ginkgo Biloba in the morning, and at night. You can then use this information to decide when is best for you.
Reasons To Take Ginkgo Biloba In The Morning
Ginkgo Biloba may help reduce anxiety
Here’s a shocking fact for you…
Anxiety disorders affect over 40 million (yes, million) American adults.
This makes anxiety the most common mental illness in the US.
The good news is Ginkgo Biloba has helped anxiety patients in clinical trials.
For example, a study of 107 anxiety patients had the subjects take either 480mg of Ginkgo Biloba, 240mg of Ginkgo Biloba, or a placebo.
Those who took 480mg of Ginkgo Biloba reported a 45% greater reduction in anxiety symptoms than the placebo group.
And since anxiety is more troublesome throughout the day, taking Ginkgo Biloba in the morning will ensure it’s in your system when your mental health needs it the most.
Ginkgo Biloba may help reduce PMS symptoms
PMS (premenstrual syndrome) is the name given to the symptoms women may experience before their period, such as:
- More acne
- Mood swings
Interestingly, research suggests that Ginkgo Biloba may be able to improve both the mental and physical symptoms of PMS.
In one study, 85 students took either Ginkgo Biloba or a placebo.
The Ginkgo Biloba takers reported a respectable 23% reduction of PMS symptoms.
(The placebo takers only noticed an 8% reduction…)
Like with anxiety, it’s best to take Ginkgo Biloba in the morning for PMS symptoms as you want it in your system when you’re most troubled by the symptoms.
(Which is throughout the day for most people.)
Ginkgo Biloba may help reduce blood sugar levels
Although research is limited, some studies suggest that Ginkgo Biloba may help lower blood sugar levels.
In a study of Type 2 diabetics, subjects who took Metformin (a diabetes drug) with Ginkgo Biloba had significantly lower blood sugar levels than subjects who took Metformin with a placebo.
So, by taking Ginkgo Biloba in the morning, your blood sugar levels are more likely to be stable throughout the day.
(I don’t know about you, but when my blood sugar levels are unstable, I’m tired, moody, and irritable.)
Note: If you have Diabetes, then please speak to a doctor before taking Gingko Biloba.
Reasons To Take Ginkgo Biloba At Night
Ginkgo Biloba may help improve sleep
Thanks to its adaptogenic properties, Ginkgo Biloba optimizes your body’s response to stress which may help improve sleep.
While there needs to be more studies done on Ginkgo Biloba and sleep in general, an interesting study looked at how Ginkgo Biloba affected the sleep of depression patients.
In the study, the patients took antidepressants either on their own or with 240mg of daily Ginkgo Biloba.
The results showed that the Ginkgo Biloba group had a significantly improved sleep pattern and a reduction of awakenings.
So, by taking Ginkgo Biloba at night, you’ll feel less stressed when your body is wanting to wind down, which should help you sleep better.
By reading this article, you now know just how flexible Ginkgo Biloba is as a supplement.
And if I’ve done a good job, you’ll have a solid idea of the best time to take Ginkgo Biloba is for you.
By the law of averages, some of you will see better results taking it in the morning while others will benefit from taking it in the evening.
But if you’re still on the fence, then why not do your own little experiment and try both?
As always, thanks for staying to end and I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Catch you later.
PS – Let me know how you get on with using Ginkgo Biloba. I’d love to know!
I’ve been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I’ve gained 30 pounds of muscle, written hundreds of articles, and reviewed dozens of fitness supplements. As for my educational background, I’m a currently studying for my Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.