What is Gingko Biloba?
Gingko Biloba is an herbal remedy that is found in one of the world’s oldest living tree species, the Gingko tree. As the sole surviving species of the Gikgoaceae family, it is known world wide for its medicinal properties. Gingko has been used for centuries to treat many ailments and maladies. The origins of the tree are thought to be in China, however it is now cultivated across the world.
Benefits of Gingko Biloba
As an herbal supplement, ginkgo has been thought to treat or benefit any number of the following: Provide improved sense of well-being
- Memory Enhancement, especially in the elderly
- Prevention and treatment of mental ailments like
- Dementia and
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Improve blood clots
- Intermittent Claudication (leg pains due to irregular blood vessels)
- High blood pressure
An important bottom line point to remember with Gingko is that it is most effective in treating the symptoms of the elderly, where most of the ailments listed are more common
While more expansive research is needed, Ginkgo Biloba has been found most effective in treating mental and cognitive ailments. The leaf is not recommended for persons currently taking blood thinning medications or for anyone dealing with poison ivy or poison oak. The increased circulation to the skin caused by the herb may cause the toxins to spread.
One should also be careful in their dosage and start small. Large amounts may cause a headache and nausea.
Where and How to Buy Gingko Biloba
As you can imagine, Ginkgo comes in many shapes and sizes. Most popular are the extracts and pill forms. They are easy to take and require little effort. Of course, with any purchase of herbal remedies and health supplements, the source is important. Always use a reputable company that guarantees their product and offers a money back option. I have always found success with Native Remedies and Mountain Rose Herbs. Happy Hunting!
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