Gingko Biloba 26/09/2019
The Ginkgo Biloba tree is the only extant representative of the Ginkgo family. It boasts specific leaves of fan-shaped shape, divided into two lobes. The leaves are light green in color, and they are the part of the plant that is for its content of healthy substances the main focus of many botanical and medical fields.
Historians assume that it is the oldest tree ever. According to fossil findings, the tree existed on our planet several million years ago in the Mesozoic era. Even today, in China, which is also its original homeland, you can come across Ginkgo older more than 2000 years.
Because of its therapeutic effects, it has been for centuries a part of traditional medicine in the area of Southeast Asia.
Its popularity continued to grow, and in the 17th century, it reached Europe. Subsequently, due to its low cultivation needs, the tree began to quickly expand to other areas. For its sympathetic and unique appearance, it is now a popular decoration of botanical gardens and parks around the world.
The most important substances include flavonoglycosides and terpenolactones, ginkgolides A, B and C and bilobalides. It also contains a plenty of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that help vitalize the body.
Ginkgo preparations are mainly used for their positive effects on the nervous system. Ginkgo increases brain blood flow, improves attention, concentration, memory and protects brain cells from damage. The plant is therefore suitable for individuals of older age with incipient cognitive deficits, or also for students and managers to support their mental performance. Currently, alternative medicine is using Ginkgo as an agent for preventing Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
Ginkgo, however, does not only affect the brain. It expands and clears blood vessels throughout the whole body. It can be used for poor blood circulation in limbs and other organs. It also helps to regulate blood pressure and relieve headaches. And even individuals who have not similar health problems appreciate its effects in winter, when it can comfortably warm the whole organism.
Ginkgo also has adaptogenic properties – it promotes resistance to stressors, helps to overcome difficult life situations and elevates mood. Its high content of antioxidants also promotes the proper functioning of the immune system and supports vitality.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
Pour one teaspoon (3 grams) of crushed leaves over with boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Use it twice a day. Ginkgo should be taken regularly. The first effects may occur after a few days of use.
Gingko can be combined with other brain function stimulants. For example, a combination with Cola nitida, Guayusa or Maca Peruvian is recommended.
Because of its ability to increase blood flow in the body, Ginkgo is not recommended to be taken with blood-clotting drugs. The safety of use in pregnant and breastfeeding women has not yet been fully verified, so consult it with your doctor in this case.