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Ginkgo Biloba: Even If You Canít Remember the Name, It Can Help You Remember!

Throughout the years, more than four hundred studies have been conducted on Ginkgo and its restorative powers. A widely used herb, ginkgo has been given credit as a digestive aid, alleviator of respiratory problems, and restorer of memory.

Parts of the ginkgo tree, the oldest tree species, have been used for centuries to treat medical conditions. The ancient Chinese, well-known for herbal remedies, have been using ginkgo for over five thousand years. As with the use of many plants, the specific characteristics of the plant have been taken into consideration for treatments.

Ginkgo Bilobaís biggest claim to fame is the power it has to improve cerebral functioning. As we age, the brain suffers the loss of cells, insufficient blood circulation, and a decrease in the level of glucose brought to it. This results in increased difficulty memorizing information, slower reaction time, and possibly even a depressed state of mood.

Today, ginkgo is widely used in France, Germany, and the United States. In Europe, this herb has already been given status for medical use. The ginkgo extract has undergone numerous and extensive laboratory testing for its efficacy and safety. The testing for phytomedicines, or plant based medicines, is generally very intensive.

Scientists have concluded that the healing properties of ginkgo are due to its composition of flavonoids, powerful antioxidants, and two kinds of terpene lactones. The ginkgo flavonoids play a role in protecting the bodyís blood vessels and in keeping them strong. The flavonoids also act as a buddy to Vitamin C, helping it to be more effective in smaller doses.

The terpene lactones found in ginkgo may help to protect nerve cells and stimulate their repair if they become damaged. Glucose absorption is also increased through the presence of the terpene lactones. Together, this promotes good health, more energy, and an improved nervous system.

Ginkgo has been credited with the ability to boost production of ATP, adenosine triphosphate, the bodyís energy molecule. Every athlete and bodybuilder is concerned with increasing their energy output, and specifically the production of more ATP.

Ginkgo supplements have also been used for cognitive enhancement. When treating memory loss, ginkgo works best when using small doses over time. If effective, not only will memory improve, but the individualís mood should also lighten to a more positive level.

Ginkgo supplements have a reputation for benefiting individuals who have any of the following conditions, in addition to the ones already listed: leg cramps, menstrual cramps, ringing in the ears, and impotence. Results vary with individuals and more studies need to be conducted.

The side effects one might experience are few. Only minor headaches and stomach indigestion seem to be indicated. No drug interactions seem to be an issue either.

Ginkgo supplements, in varying strengths, are available in capsules, softgels, and tablets. Dried leaves for making tea are also available. Powders, as well as dried extracts, are readily available. They can be purchased in stores and on-line. As with any supplement, a physician should be consulted prior to incorporating ginkgo supplements in your dietary plan.

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aruba
2011-01-15 10:56:35
does ginkgo has any other side effects than mentioned above?
and can it be given to members of any age group?
Bhu
2009-09-23 13:00:21
Do you think it will help blood circulation in my penis and make it grow bigger???
PhyllB
2009-09-03 17:51:46
For the past 2 years I have been taking Ginko. Along with this I take one multi vitamin and two oil of evening primrose. I am 53 and yes I have been able to remember more but there is one more thing I have noticed. I went grey at a very early age and my hair was almost white. Over the past 6 months my hair is now growing back very dark brown. No-one has the answer to this but one hair dresser did ask if I was taking any medication and could only put it down to the ginko. I have not taken any other prescribed medication for many years. Can this be possible???
Rana
2006-09-17 09:23:06
does Ginko Biloba has any side effect?
ni3ca
2006-09-11 17:08:45
Does gingko biloba have any effects if given to young kids?
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