Ginkgo Biloba is native to China and it is also known as the maidenhair tree. This tree is found in fossils dating back 270 million years and it was cultivated early in human history. Traditionally used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years, Ginkgo Biloba is now a popular choice in modern day herbal supplements. The two key components that contribute to its success are Terpenoids and Flavanoids which are known for their strong antioxidant effects.
Terpenoids are pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory. Chosen for its high levels of terpenoids Ginkgo Biloba will often be used to stimulate cognitive function and mental performance. It is believed that Ginkgo improves the circulation of blood around the body, particularly the brain. By keeping healthy blood flow to the brain and improving the oxygen supply, studies have shown improvement in the short-term memory of healthy people. In those affected by Alzheimer’s and dementia studies have shown some improvement in memory problems.
Flavonoids are plant compounds found in various foods and drinks and they are one of the largest nutrient families known to scientists. Flavonoids are a big reason why fruit and vegetables are so good for us. They are powerful antioxidants and are commonly linked to reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, asthma and stroke. Ginkgo Biloba is rich with flavonoids which gives it its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory qualities. There is reason to believe that those with arthritis or skin inflammation have experienced their symptoms lessen when taking Ginkgo Biloba and clinical research has shown improvement to the skin condition vitiligo (loss of skin pigmentation).
You will often find Gingko in many cognitive enhancing supplements due to its ability to circulate oxygen to the brain. The consumer may use Gingko Biloba to keep focused, improve short term memory and lessen symptoms of anxiety. It is typically added to powder blends and capsules but often the dried leaves are used in green teas. The average dosage is between 120-240mg, but this can vary depending on the desired use.
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