Gingko biloba is one of the world’s oldest living tree species. It existence can be traced back more than 200 million years and it can be found in Europe and North America. In China, ginkgo seeds and fruits have been used as a food and as a medicine.
Among other valuable components ginkgo biloba also has antioxidant properties. The antioxidant effects of Ginkgo have been shown to help enhance the skin’s natural defenses against UV.
Ginkgo biloba benefits
Ginkgo has been used medicinally for many centuries, where both the leaf and the nut are used. Ginkgo biloba treats coronary artery disease, angina pectoris, Parkinson’s disease, dementia preventive, improves blood flow through arteries and veins, helps with depression. Primarily, Ginkgo has been used to increase brain functions.
Externally Ginkgo leaves can be used in compresses for varicose veins or hemorrhoids.
Other Ginkgo biloba activities include: anti-inflammatory, anticancer, immunostimulant and neuroprotection.
Please note: Gingko biloba extract can sometimes cause spontaneous hemorrhaging. Strong teas should not be taken for more than 3-4 days. If mixed with prescribed coumadin may have additive effects.
Good to know: ginkgo is especially good for elderly people especially when there is inadequate cerebral blood flow. When taking ginkgo, patients with Alzheimer’s disease showed improvement in reasoning ability.
Ginkgo biloba reduces the possibilities of stroke, and increases blood circulation.