Ginkgo is the only extant representative of the Ginkgo family. It has been used for centuries for its therapeutic effects in Southeast Asia. Its popularity continued to grow and in the 17th century it reached the European continent.
Ginkgo preparations are mainly used for their positive effects on the nervous system. Ginkgo increases blood flow to the brain, improving attention, concentration, memory and protecting brain cells from damage. The plant is thus suitable for older people with incipient cognitive deficits, or also for students and managers to support their mental performance. At present, Ginkgo is also used as an alternative medicine to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
The plant, however, does not only affect the brain, it expands and clears blood vessels throughout the body. It can be used for poor blood supply to limbs and other organs. It also helps regulate blood pressure and relieve headaches. And even individuals who do not have similar health problems will appreciate its effects in winter, when it can warm up the whole organism.
Ginkgo also has adaptogenic properties – it promotes resistance to stressors, helps to overcome difficult life situations and elevates mood. Due to its high content of antioxidants, it also promotes the proper functioning of the immune system and promotes vitality.
Pour one teaspoon (3 grams) of crushed leaves with boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. It is taken twice a day. Ginkgo should be taken regularly. The first effects may occur after a few days of use.
Ginkgo could be combined with other brain function stimulants. For example, a combination with Cola nitida, Guayusa or Macu Peruvian is recommended.
Because of its ability to increase blood flow in the body, Ginkgo is not recommended to be taken with blood clotting agents. The safety of use in pregnant and nursing women has not yet been fully established, so consult it with your doctor before use in this case.
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