Ginkgo Biloba is rich in flavonoid and terpenoids, which offer antioxidant protection, and make it an effective supplement for mental clarity and focus, healthy circulation, energy and brain health.
Ginkgo Biloba has many alleged health benefits:
- As a brain tonic that enhances memory because of its positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. Benefits of enhanced circulation in the brain include improved short and long term memory, increased reaction time and improved mental clarity.
- As a treatment for vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ears) and a variety of neurological disorders and circulation problems. Ginkgo may help to counteract the effects of aging, including mental fatigue and lack of energy.
- Improved circulation
What is Ginkgo?
Many scientists believe that ginkgo biloba is one of oldest living species of tree. These amazing trees can live up to 1,000 years. Ginkgo grows most predominantly in the southern and eastern United States, southern France, China, and Korea. The leaves of the tree are used for their medicinal effects.
Some users suffering from other circulation related conditions such as leg cramps have reported to have experienced favourable results from using ginkgo biloba.
Ginkgo offers antioxidant effects as well, which may protect both the central nervous system and the cardiovascular system from the negative effects of aging, specifically age-related mental deterioration.
Some study results offer additional evidence that the antioxidants in ginkgo may also help to inhibit high blood pressure.
More recent studies have provided promising evidence that Ginko may provide beneficial effects in connection with the following conditions:
■ Alzheimer's disease (early-stage)
■ Glaucoma (normal tension glaucoma)
■ Intermittent claudication
Researchers attribute the medical effects of Ginkgo biloba extract primarily to two categories of active constituents: flavone glycosides and terpene lactones. Ginkgo flavone glycosides are primarily responsible for Ginkgo's antioxidant effects while the terpene lactones, also known as ginkgolides and bilobalide, are believed to be responsible for Ginkgo's ability to increase blood circulation to the brain and other parts of the body.
Ginkgo's antioxidant effects may also inhibit platelet stickyness which can decrease the risk of circulatory diseases, such as artherosclerosis.
Ginkgo may also enhance cognitive performance in healthy older adults and in people suffering from age-related cognitive decline.