Gingko Biloba benefits
Gingko Biloba, also known as the Maidenhair Tree, is indigenous to China,
Japan, and Korea. The height of the tree can exceed 100 feet and lifespan
can be as much as 1,000 years.
Gingko Biloba is popular in the United States as a memory enhancer or
booster. The leaves, both dried and fresh, and the seeds are generally
used as medicinal components. Gingko contains two different active classes
of ingredients. The first, ginkgo flavone glycoside, inhibits platelet-activation,
in other words it prevents platelets from becoming sticky. The second,
bioflavonoids, act as free radical scavengers.
Because the active ingredients in Ginkgo Biloba prevents platelets from
sticking together and bonds free radicals together preventing them from
attacking healthy molecules, Gingko Biloba is effective in managing memory
disorders, dementia, circulatory problems, tinnitus, and asthma. The combinations
of these active ingredients also help to support the brain and central
Numerous studies have been conducted on the pharmacological actions of
Some of the many proven benefits of gingko biloba are increased blood
circulation in the body, protection of nerve cells and regeneration of
The improvement in circulation is evident in both arteries (large vessels)
and capillaries (small vessels). Since oxygen exchange takes place in
the capillaries, the better the circulation, the more efficient the oxygen
Gingko Biloba is crucial in protecting the brain and central nervous
system which are susceptible to attacks by free radicals. The main function
of the active ingredient bioflavonoid is to chemically bond free radicals
preventing them from attacking the body. Free radicals are formed when
weak bonds of molecules split leaving a bond with an odd number of electrons.
These free radicals scour the body attacking other compounds in an attempt
to steal one of their electrons. The difference between a stable bond
and a free radical (an unstable bond) is the number of electrons. Stable
bonds have an even number of electrons while unstable bonds possess an
odd number of electrons. If a stable bond loses an electron, it becomes
a free radical.
It is widely accepted by scientists that disorders associated with aging
are the result of attacks by free radicals. Thousands of patients have
participated in numerous studies attesting to the effectiveness of Ginkgo
Biloba’s increased blood flow in arteries, veins and capillaries.
Since circulation to the brain is increased, there is a positive relationship
with Ginkgo Biloba and it’s ability to improve mental performance,
Small studies have indicated that Gingko inhibits the reuptake of norepinephrin,
serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine neurotransmitters in the brain.
This indicates that Gingko may be effective in treating depression.
The flavonoids found in Gingko have been proven in clinical trials to
help preserve the eye site of those affected with macular degeneration
as well as other age-related conditions. In Europe, Gingko is widely used
to treat dementia and Alzheimer's disease
The increased blood flow experienced with Ginkgo is reputed to help with
the treatment of claudication. Published studies indicate that Ginko is
just as effective as the leading prescription medication in treating this
The therapeutic effects of Ginko Biloba have been clinically proven over
the course of many years of exhaustive research. More than 40 compounds
make up Gingko Biloba and two have been identified as beneficial. Ginkgo
Biloba is available in a liquid extract, tablets, and capsules. It is
recommended that adults take 120 mg daily divided into three equal doses.
For more serious conditions such as dementia or Alzheimers, 240 mg daily
is suggested. It is important to realize the benefits of Gingko Biloba
may not be seen for four to six weeks after initial dosage.
Please consult your doctor or health professional before changing your diet or
before starting to take health supplements.