What is Ginkgo Biloba?
Sometimes also called “maidenhair,” Ginkgo Biloba is a tree so ancient that some might even refer to it as a living fossil, and it is then safe to assume that its medicinal properties have been a part of certain cultures for ages now. While seeds and leaves are more commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine, most products other countries make use of nowadays carry its extract in their formula, and it is one of the best-selling supplements in the U.S. and Europe.
Is Ginkgo Biloba medicine?
Ginkgo is often mentioned in the same breath as improved focus and enhanced memory, but it also has a traditional history of being used for the treatment of blood disorders as well, and recent studies have confirmed that, indeed, certain components of Ginkgo are capable of opening up blood vessels and decreasing blood adherence, improving circulation and preventing certain heart diseases.
Because it is a powerful source of antioxidants and anti inflammatory agents, this plant may be a powerful aid in fighting off free radicals that may cause damage to nerves, blood vessels, retina, heart muscle, other cells, and even DNA, on top of improving asthma and other respiratory diseases by reducing inflammation of the airways and increasing lung capacity.
Certain studies have also shown that Ginkgo may also help alleviate PMS related symptoms, migraines, and even anxiety, as well as showing positive effects in the treatment of certain eye conditions.