Ginkgo Biloba and Pregnancy

Ginkgo biloba is one of the most potent herbal used in the market today. Its beneficial effects encompassed a number of ailments. And, is widely popular among many countries including Europe and Asia.

But ginkgo biloba has its side effects too. Pregnant and lactating women are prone to these side effects. Taking ginkgo biloba pregnancy supplements could be one aspect that requires caution. Ginkgo biloba pregnancy could produce possible side effects to the mother and even in nursing if ginkgo biloba is administered.

Ginkgo biloba pregnancy has been the subject of many controversial studies including the move to determine the effects of ginkgo biloba pregnancy. But for safety measures, pregnant and lactating women are generally advised to refrain from taking ginkgo biloba pregnancy extracts. Safety dosage for use in pregnancy has not been established in ginkgo biloba pregnancy supplements.

A controversial study on ginkgo biloba pregnancy was conducted recently and published in the September issue of Chemical Research in Toxicology. In the said study, scientists found that women taking ginkgo biloba pregnancy supplements might contain substantial amount of colchicine- a toxic substance- present in their placental blood which in turn could affect fetus development. All five of the women under study, which showed significant colchicines toxic levels (45 to 760 mcg/l), in their placenta, reported regular herbal supplement use including ginkgo biloba pregnancy supplements , while the others reported little or no use of herbs.

It seemed from this study that ginkgo biloba pregnancy supplements could put their fetuses at risk of abnormal development. Claims about ginkgo biloba pregnancy toxicity should be taken seriously and not be discounted because it has potential negative effects to the fetus development. But gingko biloba pregnancy supplements could not possibly have caused the presence colchicine in the placenta of these pregnant women since in the more than 50 years of study about ginkgo biloba products, colchicines was never identified as one of the components of ginkgo biloba.

Gingko biloba pregnancy risks caused by colchicines could not have been caused by using ginkgo. Although ginkgo biloba pregnancy supplements contains nontoxic substance that is identical to colchicines. The researchers, it seems, have not exerted enough effort to differentiate this nontoxic substance from that of colchicines.

Since nothing similar to the colchicine toxic levels have been reported from the millions of people using ginkgo, the result of this research on ginkgo biloba pregnancy could not have been accurate. Ginkgo biloba pregnancy findings need further studies. Ginkgo biloba pregnancy supplements could not be the sole reason for the presence of colchicine.

Therefore, the report that ginkgo biloba pregnancy is harmful and can cause birth defects is inconclusive. Although, one could not discount the possibility that potential problems on ginkgo biloba pregnancy could exist.

Despite the controversy caused by this study, ginkgo biloba pregnancy could still be safe. Unless proven, the researcher’s theory that ginkgo biloba pregnancy is harmful to the fetus could not be verified. But due caution is recommended to pregnant women in taking any over-the-counter products including ginkgo biloba pregnancy. Consulting a physician is always a wise move before using medications whether it is ginkgo biloba pregnancy or not.