The alternative name for the Ginkgo Biloba plant is the “Maidenhair Tree”. Ginkgo is truly phenomenal, it has been recorded as the oldest living plant at 200 million years old. It has therefore been classified as a living fossil. Ginkgo Biloba is a native plant of China and Japan but now grows across Northern America.
The fruits are highly prized in China, “ginkgo” translates from their word “yinxing”, meaning “silver apricots”. The fruits of the tree have a rancid smell that many cannot stomach, but the leaves are incredibly valuable, and have been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Gingko is best known for its collaboration with Panax Ginseng to produce a cognitive boosting supplement. According to analysis, there are over 40 compounds in Gingko Biloba, however only 2 are beneficial to health. The active ingredients of Gingko Biloba are Ginkgolides and Bilobalides.
Here are a few health benefits of Ginkgo Bilboa :
- Ginkgo has been shown to vastly improve concentration and focus. Studies concluded that Ginkgo aids blood flow to the brain which is thought to improve cognitive efficiency.
- Due to its many other beneficial cognitive health links. Ginkgo Biloba is also thought to prevent brain ageing, and promote long term memory health.
- Ginkgo has also been used as treatment for brain trauma. Results of 9 of the 14 trials concluded, “Ginkgo Biloba extract had positive effects on patients” neurological impairment and quality of life.”
- Ginkgo Biloba is not only associated with cognitive health, but there is evidence to suggest it can be beneficial to Anxiety, Alzheimer’s, PMS, Macular Degeneration, ADHD and Libido.
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