Ginkgo Biloba

Ginkgo trees, are one of the oldest species of trees cultivated in China and are believed to be 150 to 200 million years old. The ginkgo trees grow in average soil and even in full sun. The tree can grow 100 120 feet. Ginkgo trees are very resistant to pollution and infection and hardly suffer any disease. Insects rarely attack these plants. Due to these reasons these trees are most tolerant even in urban conditions and are grown as shade trees.

Ginkgo or ginkgo biloba extracts is made from various parts of these trees. Chinease has used ginkgo biloba for the centuries for treating various ailments. Now it is most researched herb and is used by most of the countries as herbal medicine.

How Ginkgo Biloba Works

Ginkgo Biloba can be used in aiding problems due to loss of blood flow to the brain. It can act as a dilator and by increasing the size of arteries it can improve the blood flow. It can prove to be a free radical remover, antioxidant, membrane stabilizer, platelet activation factor and a neuro-protection agent.

Ginkgo Biloba can also help to enhance the memory. That is the reason why it is added to nutrition bars. Blood vessel and nerve damage disorders can cause several problems such as hissing or ringing in head or ear. It may slightly reduce the intensity of sound.

What Does Ginkgo Biloba Consist Of?

Ginkgo Biloba is composed of over 40 components. Two of these are the effective ones. One is terpenoids and the other is flavonoids. Terpenoids can reduce the platelet stickiness and dilate the vessels for improved blood flow. Flavonoids act as an antioxidant and protect the heart muscle and nerves. It is also believed that it can help retinal damage due to degeneration of muscles and diabetes. Muscular degeneration is the number one cause of blindness in America and it is mostly found in old people. Ginkgo may prevent complete blindness.

Health benefits:

Researches show that Ginkgo has many health benefits and prevents many health problems. The extract of the Ginkgo leaves contains flavonoid glycosides and ginkgolides and is being used as a memory enhancer as it has positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. It works by increasing the flow of blood to the brain and to all the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the body organs. Ginkgo helps in increasing metabolism efficiency, regulates neurotransmitters, and boosts oxygen levels in the brain which uses 20% of the body's oxygen. Thus it helps in enhancing your memory, helps in treating problems like Alzheimer's and other symptoms of cerebral insufficiency. Cerebral insufficiency include various problems like confusion, depression, anxiety, difficulties of concentration and memory, absentmindedness, lack of energy, dizziness, tinnitus, and headache. It is also said to provide energy to the body and helps to counteract the effects of aging.