The benefits of Gingko biloba have been enjoyed for centuries in Asian cultures. This tree is one of the oldest in the planet, surviving in parts of Asia. Today, the tree is grown in farms for its many commercial applications for medicinal, beauty, and even ornamental purposes. Once almost extinct, today the Ginkgo tree is here to stay, so humanity can enjoy its many benefits.
The seed of this tree is used in Chinese medicine, cooking. It is also used as a potent herbal remedy to improve the circulatory system and memory. By dilating blood vessels, it improves circulation, and therefore, beneficial to improve memory function. One of the known causes of poor memory function is poor circulation to the brain. It strengthens vessels and promotes the function of the neurotransmitters in the brain and other nerve cells.
Besides enhancing the circulation in the heart and limbs, Gingko biloba alters the platelets in the blood, acting as an anti-coagulant, and preventing the formation of blood clots. It is beneficial in the prevention of strokes, which are known to affect memory. It also helps in not allowing the plaque formation from cholesterol in the blood. The antioxidant properties – flavonoids and terpenoids – of Gingko biloba acts in cell protection from free radicals, which damage cells in the body.
This herb is beneficial to fight claudication – the pain in legs due to clogged arteries. It is also beneficial in the treatment of cerebral insufficiency, which can be experienced causing poor concentration, fatigue, confusion, anxiety, headache, absent-mindedness, poor physical performance, dizziness, and depression. Cerebral insufficiency is directly related to poor circulation to the brain. Dementia, age associated impairment of memory, and Alzheimer’s disease are associated with poor circulation in the brain, which is caused by clogged vessels. Gingko biloba increases the blood flow to the brain and is beneficial in the treatment of these conditions. It also relaxes blood vessels. This beneficial herb cannot be consumed directly from the plant, leaves, or seeds, as it may be toxic. It must be processed before into the extracts, tablets, and dried leaves to be used.