The Top 4 Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
Ginkgo biloba also know as maidenhair, is a tree native to China. The tree is often referred to as living fossil as it has been around for over 300million years! The leaves and seeds have been used for many years in traditional Chinese medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions.
Studies have shown that it 'exerts protective effects against mitochondrial damage and oxidative stress'. This is due to it containing flavonoids and terpenoids which have strong antioxidant properties.
Ginkgo has the ability to improve blood vessel health, which supports brain activity and has been quoted by the Journal of Phyotherapy and Phytopharmacology as "currently the most investigated and adopted herbal remedy for cognitive disorders and Alzheimer's disease"
The top 4 benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
- Ginkgo Biloba has brain boosting effects. It can help protect against cognitive decline and can increase brain function. Many of these effects are due to it’s ability to lower oxidative stress and improve blood circulation.
- Ginkgo can help reduce symptoms of anxiety. Clinical trials have been done, and have shown that high levels if ginkgo biloba can reduce symptoms of anxiety when taken over a four week period.(under doctors supervision)
- The antioxidants in ginkgo biloba keep our eyes safe from oxidative stress, which can help prevent macular degeneration and cataracts. It can also help reduce the symptoms for those who already have macular degeneration and cataracts. Ginkgo fights inflammation associated with arthritis, IBS and heart disease.
Always speak to your doctor before starting to take a new supplement. As ginkgo increases blood flow, if you have a circulation disorder taking it along with other medication can cause undesirable effects! Those on antidepressants should avoid ginkgo as it can reduce the effectiveness of the medications and cause complications. Those who are allergic to poison ivy should avoid consuming ginkgo in any form. You should also avoid taking ginkgo if you are a child, pregnant, breastfeeding, have epilepsy or taking blood thinners.