Struggling to stay focused?

Fire up your focus and maximise your memory.

Excellent cognitive function, memory and concentration are signs of a healthy brain – a critical aspect of high performance in all areas of life. A herb called Ginkgo Biloba increases blood flow to the brain and supports memory and concentration.

What is Ginkgo biloba?

Ginkgo biloba, or maidenhair, is a tree native to China. The leaf extract of Ginkgo biloba has been used traditionally to enhance memory and protect against age-related cognitive decline.1

Ginkgo biloba contains various pharmacologically active substances, including terpenoids and flavonoids. Research on Ginkgo biloba extract has shown that it has many potential applications related to its antioxidant effects in various human tissues. Ginkgo has been shown to decrease cellular damage, enhance mitochondrial function, boost neurogenesis and stimulate cerebral blood flow, among other benefits.1,2,3

Ginkgo biloba and brain function

Research has demonstrated Ginkgo biloba’s positive effects on cognitive function. Some  examples of this:

  • Ginkgo biloba was found to slow cognitive decline in 589 healthy aging adults.4
  • In a study on 28 young adults, a 120 mg dose of Ginkgo biloba combined with phosphatidylserine improved memory and memory speed for up to 6 hours after treatment, and it also improved calmness.5
  • In studies involving subjects with mild cognitive impairment, Ginkgo biloba has been shown to improve a variety of cognitive aspects, including visual, verbal and episodic memory, concentration and perceived physical health.6,7,8,9

A laser focus formulation from Vital

Your brain is a metabolically active organ that requires energy and essential nutrients to function at its best.10 Vital Ginkgo Biloba combines 120 mg Ginkgo biloba leaf extract with the following key nutrients for a laser focus formulation:

  • Vitamin B5, which is an essential trace nutrient that is required for the synthesis of Coenzyme A (CoA). CoA plays a critical role in many metabolic pathways, including those that provide energy for the brain. It is also required for the release of neurotransmitters between synapses, so it is essential for the transmission of information in the brain.10,11
  • Iron, which is involved in the creation of neuronal cells and various neurotransmitters, as well as metabolism in the brain. Iron status has a significant effect on behaviour, memory, learning and sensory systems and iron deficiency is linked to delayed brain development and worse school performance in children.12
  • Zinc, which has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and it is essential for normal brain function.13 Zinc is present in high concentrations in specific neurons. Zinc deficiency is linked to many conditions that cause cognitive and memory impairment, including neurodegenerative diseases, sleep disorders and vascular diseases.10,13

A nutrition boost with herbal support may be just what you need to support your brain health.

Here are some more brain health tips and focus hacks for when you need your brain to work at its best:

Caffeine may help, provided you can also sleep well at night. Caffeine can increase alertness and attention and help you perform better through a long, tedious task.14,15 Avoid caffeine if it interferes with your sleep though, because there is nothing quite like a good night’s sleep for improving cognitive function and supporting general health. Research suggests that 7 hours is the sweet spot for cognitive function in older adults between the ages of 38 and 73.16 Sleeping less than this as adults is associated with impaired immunity, more pain and greater risk of accidents along with health risks such as weight gain, obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and depression. For young adults it may be more appropriate to aim for 9 hours of sleep.17

  • Immediate rewards. Yes, getting a degree is rewarding long term, but why doesn’t that motivate you to get through an assignment? We are simple creatures, and we tend to respond well to more immediate gratification. Think of a list of realistic rewards that you can implement each day to keep yourself on the right track. Some ideas? See a friend, buy a treat, take a bubble bath, go for a walk in nature, read for an hour, take a power nap or any other break. The reward is motivating and the break itself will improve your focus, creativity and overall productivity.
  • Don’t do everything alone. Having a study group keeps everyone accountable. You can help one another though tricky tasks and it’s more fun.
  • Meditate and practice mindfulness. Research shows that meditation improves test performance and it’s good for your health.18 There are great apps that can help you start a meditation practice.
  • Move your body. Cardiovascular exercise boosts blood flow to the brain, providing oxygen and essential nutrients that could help your brain to work at its best.19
  • Ditch the distractions. Turn off your phone and try music. The trick with music is that it must be rhythmic and appealing to you. It could be classical or electronic or any other genre that you enjoy. Provided it is not overly stimulating or distracting, it may help you to focus better, especially for tasks that require sustained attention.20 If music doesn’t work for you then ear plugs or noise-cancelling headphones might help you stay in the zone.
  • Eat well. The brain needs plenty of energy and essential micro- and macronutrients to function.21 Studies show that a Mediterranean-style diet is supportive of improved cognitive function. A Mediterranean diet includes plenty of whole grains, legumes, vegetables, fruit, olive oil, nuts and omega 3 fatty acids. It also means avoiding refined carbohydrates and excess saturated fat intake. There are cognitive benefits associated with other traditional styles of eating, such as the Nordic diet or Okinawan diet. Like the Mediterranean diet, these eating patterns emphasize healthy, whole foods, particularly vegetables and fruits.22,23 Supplementation with micronutrients may help you to get all the nutrients you need when there are gaps in your diet.

We can’t study for you, but we can support your brain health. Here are some Vital products that support brain health:


S0] Vital® GINKGO BILOBA soft gelatine capsules. Each capsule contains 6000 mg Ginkgo biloba L. (Ginkgo) [leaf, as 120 mg of a 50:1 extract standardised to flavone glycosides 22 %]; 9 mg Iron; 5,5 mg Zinc and 2,5 mg Vitamin B5. Combination product – Western herbal medicine / Health supplement. [S0] Vital® MEMORY & CONCENTRATION soft gelatine capsules. Each soft gelatine capsule contains 3000 mg Ginkgo biloba L. (Ginkgo) [leaf, as 60 mg of a 50:1 extract standardised to flavone glycosides 22 %], 500 mg Fish oil (Clupeidae; Engraulidae; Scombridae) providing 58 mg Eicosapentaenoic acid, 250 mg Docosahexaenoic acid; 15 mg Phosphatidylserine; 250 μg Folic acid; 5 μg Vitamin B12 and 5 mg α-TE Vitamin E. Combination product – Western herbal medicine / Health supplement. [S0] Vital® MAXI B soft gelatine capsules. Each capsule contains 50 mg Vitamin C; 25 mg Vitamin B1; 25 mg Vitamin B2; 25 mg Vitamin B3; 25 mg Vitamin B5; 25 mg Vitamin B6; 400 µg Folic acid; 150 µg Biotin; 40 µg Vitamin B12. Health supplement. [S0] Vital® OMEGA 3 soft gelatine capsules. Each soft gelatine capsule contains 1000 mg Fish oil (Clupeidae; Engraulidae; Scombridae) providing 160 mg Eicosapentaenoic Acid and 104 mg Docosahexaenoic Acid; 5 µg Vitamin D3 and 3,4 mg α-TE Vitamin E. Health supplement.

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