View Full Version : Ginkgo Smart- Irwin Naturals...thoughts?


Cameron80
05-14-12, 10:54 AM
I've been using Ginkgo Smart made by Irwin Naturals for the past month and it has been *hugely* helpful. I've heard some shady things about Irwin Naturals as a company, but it hasn't stopped me from taking 2 Ginkgo Smart gelcaps a day. I wake up every morning and take a gel cap and then one later in the day.

I was on Adderall for many years in my 20's, but now I'm using supplements such as this one for mental support. It is not proven of course to treat ADHD, but I find it personally helfpul. The ingredients in this supplement are similar to some of Dr. Amen's brain supplements, but again there isn't a lot of scientific research on the long-term effects.

There are lots of different ingredients in Ginkgo Smart- Irwin Naturals. While the effect is tremendously positive I wonder about the possible long-term negative impacts. For example this product has titanium dioxide... I've heard some reports that it may lead to cancer in larger amounts. The other concern is the fish oil? They use anchovies and sardines and even though those fish are low in mercury, the price of a big bottle seems cheap for how effective it is ($35.00 for 120 softgels/two months worth). Seems cheap. I don't want to take anything that is going to cause cancer or cause problems down the line. I've found this product to be VERY helpful which means that it would be hard but not impossible to stop. Basically like Adderall without any of the negative side-effects.

This company was sued for not issuing a warning label regarding lead amounts in other products. Not good. But again, tremendously helpful. In addition the reviews online are very positive. (Copied below are the ingredients). What is the deal with silicon dioxide and titanium dioxide in supplements like these? Is it in trace amounts or too high for safe consumption? Any positive/negative takes on how safe this product is would be very helpful. Thanks



Supplement Facts
Serving Size: 2 Softgels
Servings per Container: 30
<table class="ifITbl" border="0" cellpadding="0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr><td class="ifNcol">
</td><td class="ifAcol ifAPShdr">Amount Per Serving</td><td class="ifDVcol ifDVhdr">% Daily Value</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Fish Oil (30% Omega 3 Fatty Acids)</td><td class="ifAcol">878 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Ginkgo powder (leaf)</td><td class="ifAcol">400 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Ginkgo extract (24% flavone glycosides, 6% terpene lactones) (leaf)</td><td class="ifAcol">120 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Acetyl L-Carnitine</td><td class="ifAcol">50 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Choline (as Choline Bitartrate)</td><td class="ifAcol">50 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Dimethylaminoethanol (DMAE) Bitrartrate</td><td class="ifAcol">50 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Trimethylglycine (TMG)</td><td class="ifAcol">50 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Alpha-Lipoic Acid</td><td class="ifAcol">20 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Velvet Bean extract (10% L-dopa) (seed)</td><td class="ifAcol">10 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Vinpocetine (from Periwinkle plant extract)</td><td class="ifAcol">2 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Toothed Clubmoss extract (1% huperzine A) (plant)</td><td class="ifAcol">1 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr><tr><td class="ifNcol">Bioperine Complex
BioprineŽ Black Pepper extract (95% piperine)(fruit), Ginger extract (5% gingerols)(root)</td><td class="ifAcol">6 mg</td><td class="ifDVcol">*</td></tr><tr><td colspan="3">
</td></tr></tbody></table> *Daily value not established.


Other Ingredients: Gelatin, soy lecithin, purified water, glycerin, beeswax, turmeric, titanium dioxide and sodium copper chlorophyllin. Contains: Soy, Fish (anchovy, sardine).