Hair loss or hair thinning can be an entirely common thing that many of us – both men and women experience during our lives. In fact, 40% of women have visible hair loss by the time they are 40 years old. Hair loss can be caused by a range of factors and sometimes the cause can be hard to pinpoint and therefore fix. These factors include stress, hormonal changes, pregnancy, diet and nutrition and ageing to name but a few.
Luckily, if you are concerned about hair loss or hair shedding, there are steps you can take including following a nutritious diet and taking supplements that include natural ingredients designed to promote healthy hair regrowth. One of these particular ingredients is Ginkgo Biloba. In this blog, we explain what Ginkgo Biloba is and the benefits it can on your hair, skin and overall health.
What is Ginkgo Biloba?
Grown for thousands of years, ginkgo biloba is a natural ingredient that can be shortened to just ginkgo or gingko. It can also be known as the maidenhair which is a native tree to China that is said to be one of the oldest living trees having been around for over 200 million years.
For thousands of years, it has been used traditionally in Chinese medicine however it has gained popularity in Western societies in recent years. It is a completely natural, herbal ingredient that can be extracted and used in supplements, cosmetics and other forms.
How Does it Work & How Can Ginkgo Help with Hair Regrowth?
Used on its own, Ginkgo cannot completely solve hair loss however when used in combination with a healthy diet and lifestyle, it has been found that it is an effective natural hair loss treatment to encourage growth and maintaining healthy, thick hair. This is because the power antioxidants that can be found in Ginkgo can increase blood flow to the scalp while can also work to nourish damaged hair follicles. One study found that the ‘systemic ingestion of ginkgo was shown to increase and maintain micro capillary circulation, ultimately improving or maintaining hair growth.’
This antioxidant activity can provide further protection from different types of toxins that can further damage the hair meaning Ginkgo can be taken prior to hair loss starting to maintain healthy, thick hair.
In addition, ginkgo biloba has anti-inflammatory properties that support the healing of an inflamed scalp and weak hair follicles as well as anti-aging activity that can help target age related hair loss. Furthermore, taking ginkgo biloba can improve the body’s response to stress and anxiety, both of which can lead to or worsen hair loss. When combined with daily diet, this powerful botanical can promote optimal hair regrowth.
What Are the Other Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba?
Gingko biloba is recognised as more than a vitamin for thinning hair or a hair loss treatment. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, taking it can help with a whole range of other ailments and conditions that can help you stay healthy from the inside-out, from your hair to your mind to your skin to your body.
Many studies have found that it is effective in helping against a range of conditions such as arthritis (due to its anti-inflammatory properties) and even with neurological disorders such as epilepsy and dementia.
Other benefits of ginkgo biloba include:
Inflammation can occur as a result of injury or illness from a range of conditions. As your body attempts to heal itself, inflammation of the area can happen. In addition to supporting healing of an inflamed scalp, the inflammatory properties in ginkgo can reduce inflammation in other areas of the body too helping support conditions such as heart disease, irritable bowel disorder, arthritis and even inflammation that can happen after exercise.
Maintains and improves circulation and heart health
The antioxidant properties in ginkgo can stimulate healthy hair regrowth by improving circulation in the scalp. Similarly, to its anti-inflammatory properties, this ability to stimulate blood flow can have a positive impact on other areas of the body that need that function in order to stay healthy. This can include improving heart health and stimulating blood flow to the kidneys, livers and other vital organs found in the body.
Can help ease anxiety and depression and overall wellbeing
Natural remedies have long been used by people with anxiety disorders. Taking ginkgo biloba can also help relieve anxiety and depression; therefore, supporting overall wellbeing. In one study, individuals with generalised anxiety disorder who took ginkgo compared to the placebo experienced better anxiety relief.
Helps reduce symptoms associated with psychiatric disorders
There has also been a lot of research into ginkgo biloba’s ability to help reduce symptoms associated with psychiatric disorders and dementia when used consistently over time. While studies have found that dementia, Alzheimer’s and other similar conditions cannot be completely prevented by taking ginkgo, this herbal ingredient can help to stimulate blood flow to the brain which in turn helps with an individual’s cognitive ability and processing. Small studies have suggested that modest improvements in cognitive function in older adults with mild dementia were exhibited as a result of taking ginkgo biloba.
It is important to state that results are varied in research on the effects of ginkgo and dementia so it is important to talk to your care team before taking any supplements that you think may have an impact on your health.
Improves brain functions and memory
Several studies have reported that taking ginkgo biloba can actually support the brain’s functions helping people with processing skills, memory and alertness. This can happen as a result of increased blood flow to the brain.
What Other Things Can I Do to Help with Hair Regrowth?
If you are concerned about losing or thinning hair, there are things you can do to minimise the risk of it happening and help with hair regrowth. As well as feeding your body with the right ingredients such as Ginkgo to nourish your skin, hair and nails, Simone Thomas Wellness are advocates for pairing this with following a healthy diet and exercising the right lifestyle choices.
Things you can do include:
Follow a Healthy Diet
Your body and scalp need certain minerals and vitamins that can help you look after your body from within. When it comes to health, you can’t pour from an empty cup and you won’t reap the full benefits of supplements containing Ginkgo for example if you are following an unhealthy diet.
We recommend that drinking lots of water combined with a nutrient rich, balanced diet can help with regrowth. We understand though that sometimes with lifestyle choices, stress and fatigue, it can be difficult to nourish your body with the right food sources and therefore, taking supplements can help to ensure you are getting what your body needs.
Stress can be bad your hair, body, skin and mind. Stress can be one thing that makes your hair fall out. This is because stress puts you in survival mode, diverting resources away from good skin blood flow, adequate digestion and sleep. And when it comes to dealing with stress, your body doesn’t regard hair as being a priority when it comes to your survival.
Our response to stress that involves cortisol can target and damage the hair follicle and anyone at any age can lose their hair due to stress and is often referred to as Telogen Effluvium. Telogen effluvium is the term associated with temporary hair loss that can often be caused from stress, illness, a shock or traumatic event. Although it is easier said than done, reducing any stressors in your life can make a difference when it comes to telogen effluvium regrowth. Stress cannot be completely avoided and therefore, introducing some stress-reduction strategies into your daily life can also help. Ginkgo Biloba can work as an effective telogen effluvium treatment to encourage hair regrowth, with anti-inflammatory properties it’s ideal if you’re looking for a natural hair loss treatment. Strategies can include getting out in the fresh air, exercising, spending time with friends and families, getting a good night sleep. writing in a journal and reducing caffeine intake.
For more information and guidance, download our free e-book ‘Addressing hair loss in a healthy way’ to find out how you can reveal and maintain happy, healthy hair in a natural way.
Explore Our Carefully Formulated Ginkgo Hair Care Plans
Losing your hair can be a distressing experience however taking Ginkgo in combination of with a healthy diet has proven benefits. Whether you are already losing hair or concerned about losing hair in the future, Simone Thomas Wellness have carefully created the Ginkgo Hair Care Plan that has been designed to promote healthy hair growth and stimulate blood flow to the scalp making it the ultimate product for anyone with fine to thinning hair or experiencing hair loss.
Voted as the Best Hair Care supplement by the Independent, our award-winning, Ginkgo Biloba hair care plan is Soil Association Certified, Vegan Certified and expertly formulated to be one of the best natural hair loss treatments for men and women. With the finest ingredients, ginkgo biloba and a whole range of other quality ingredients designed to feed your hair with the best blend of high-grade minerals, vitamins, botanicals, iodine and live cultures so you can be confident that you are nourishing your hair and body with the treatment it deserves in order to shine from within.
Discover our tried and tested, natural hair loss treatment Ginkgo Hair Care Plan or alternatively, get in touch with Simone Thomas Wellness for advice on finding the most effective hair care plan for you.
Ginkgo Hair Care Plan Testimonials and Reviews
Simone Thomas Wellness is passionate about developing the best hair care products that help both women and men; feel confident and healthy from the inside out. We are confident in our products and the results from several studies we have conducted and reviews back this up.
When conducting a consumer-based blind study and in combination with following a nutrient-rich and balanced lifestyle, here are just a few of the statistics from the report:
71% of participants agreed that the supplements promoted healthy hair growth
84% of participants agreed that The Ginkgo Hair Care Plan made their hair look healthier
‘I was introduced to the Simone Thomas ginkgo hair care plan on a visit to the salon. I had been suffering with excessive shedding of my hair, with thinning too as a result of this. I started taking this product about 12 months ago and for me the results have surpassed my expectations. I noticed a gradual slowdown of hair shedding within 3 months and now my hair is in the best condition it’s been for years. More importantly, I really know this is working for me, as I have had to stop taking the product on two separate occasions for one month prior to surgery, as an anaesthetic precaution. Between the 3rd/4th week I noticed considerable shedding again of my hair on both occasions and on resumption of the hair plan this stopped. I cannot thank the Simone Thomas team enough for introducing me to the ginkgo hair plan.’