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Ginkgo Biloba

Updated on July 17, 2014

The Best Selling Herb in the USA for a Good Reason

Ginkgo biloba is the United States' bestselling herb at the moment according to the National Institutes of Health. Sold in the form of a supplement, widespread recognition has been earned by the herb due to its success in treating various medical conditions.

The normal dose for ginkgo biloba is 120 milligrams each day although some take twice this dose. Extracts that are standardized contain between twenty-four to thirty-two percent flavonoids and six to twelve percent terpenoids.

Also spelled Gingko and known as the Maidenhair Tree, Ginkgo is a unique tree species with no close relatives in existence. Ginkgos are living fossils dating back almost three hundred years. A native Chinese tree, this is cultivated widely and have various uses in traditional medicine and food.

The concentrated leaves of this tree taken as a regular supplement are known to alleviate high cholesterol, heart disease, blood clots, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, eye problems, sexual problems, Lyme disease, strokes, vertigo, premenstrual syndrome, anxiety, intermittent claudication, depression, elderly memory loss and Alzheimer’s.

The oldest living species of tree, gingko biloba trees can live up to one thousand years. There are over forty components of this type of tree that have been identified but only the terpenoids and flavonoids are thought to benefit health. Terpenoids dilate blood vessels and aid blood flow, reducing platelet stickiness. Flavonoids are antioxidants that are plant-based and it has been revealed that flavonoids protect damage to the retina, blood vessels, heart muscles and nerves.

Here are the most popular Ginkgo Biloba benefits:

Ginkgo Biloba Helps Alleviate Macular Degeneration

Macular degeneration is a progressive, degenerative disease of the eyes that causes the retina to be impaired. In the United States, it is the most common cause of blindness. Ginkgo biloba flavonoids help alleviate or cure some problems of the retina.

Ginkgo Biloba Enhances Memory

Popular as a 'brain herb,' gingko biloba studies show that in people who are suffering from dementia, gingko biloba can improve memory. Usually added to fruit smoothies, soft drinks and nutrition bars, gingko biloba can enhance cognitive performance and boost memory.

Ginkgo Biloba Helps Improve Glaucoma

One study reveals that people who had been suffering with glaucoma who took a daily dose of 120 milligrams of gingko biloba for 8 weeks found improvement in their vision.

Ginkgo Biloba Helps in Intermittent Claudication

Walking does not come easy for persons suffering from intermittent claudication. There are published studies that reveal that persons taking gingko biloba are able to walk thirty-seven yards farther than persons who have been regularly taking placebos. According to the National Institute of Health, ginkgo biloba has received a rating of A for its strong evidence that supports its effectiveness.

Ginkgo Biloba Helps Alzheimer's disease and Dementia

Originally used for regulating the brain's blood flow, gingko biloba studies also reveal that it protects damaged nerves from Alzheimer's disease. A lot of research reveals that gingko biloba is able to improve thinking processes and memory in persons who are suffering in vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s. The NIH has also given this herb an "A" rating for dementia treatment.

Ginkgo Biloba Helps Alleviate Pre-Menstrual Syndrome (PMS)

Useful in reducing PMS emotional symptoms, ginkgo biloba helps ease irritability and mood swings.


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