Smoother Blood Flow, More Oxygen Flow
The Ginkgo or Maidenhair tree is the oldest tree species in the world. They can live as long as a thousand years. There are both female and male trees, which produce different flowers and noxious smelling fruit. The seeds of the tree have certain toxic effects.
The leaves of Ginkgo Biloba contain a number of chemical compounds from flavonoid glycosides to bioflavones to proanthocyanidins. One of these compounds, the ginkgolides, are known to improve blood flow in the body. By dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of plaque-forming platelets in your circulatory system, Ginkgo interfers with a blood protein known as the platelet activating factor, or PAF.
The flavonoids have potent antioxidant effects and help relax constricted blood vessels.
As one would expect from a tree with a centuries-long ancestry, Ginkgo Biloba has a rich history of medicinal and therapeutic applications.
The primary benefits of Ginkgo are derived from its ability to promote the dilation of blood vessels, which improves blood flow throughout the body. By modulating the elasticity of blood vessels Ginkgo increases blood flow to the brain and extremities.
By increasing blood flow to the brain and throughout the body's blood vessels, critical supplies of blood and oxygen are more free-flowing to your organs. Ginkgo increases metabolic efficiency and helps regulate neurotransmitters.
Enhanced circulation in the brain can result in improved short and long term memory, better physical reaction time and higher mental clarity. Ginkgo Biloba helps control the transformation of cholesterol into plaque formations associated with hardening of the arteries.
Improved movement of blood to the eyes has the effect of reducing the onset of blindness and other ocular blood flow disorders.
Of course, improved circulation can ease dizziness, potentially reduce the incidence of migraine headaches and relieve that perpetual ringing in the ears, known as tinnitus.
Ginkgo may assist in the treatment and prevention of circulatory impediments that can lead to stroke. It is considered particularly useful in improving cognitive function in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease.
For dementia, Ginkgo has been shown to be more effective on more patients than certain synthetic conventional drugs for improving cognitive capabilities.
Ginkgo has been studied in the treatment of autoimmune diseases, inflammatory skin diseases, gastric ulcers, kidney inflammation, ulcerative colitis, arthritis and certain nervous disorders.
It has also been used in the treatment of asthma and allergies that cause inflammation in the respiratory system.
Ginkgo has been shown to be a supportive herb for treating infertility or impotence in males. Ginkgo Biloba also has antioxidant properties that protect organs from free radical damage. As mentioned previously, it also blocks the platelet activating factor which causes some skin disorders, one being psoriasis. Ginkgo Biloba also helps in the treatment of eye and ear disorders.
Ginkgo Biloba extract may enhance the treatment of erectile dysfunction due to poor blood flow resulting from atherosclerosis of the penis. It increased movement of blood to the eyes which has the effect of reducing the onset of blindness and other ocular blood flow disorders. By improving circulation, the herb can ease dizziness, migraine headaches and a perpetual ringing in the ears that doctors call tinnitus. Ginkgo may assist in the treatment and prevention of stroke.
Increased blood circulation also improves memory by creating a greater flow of oxygen to the brain. Ginkgolides and Bilobalides have strong antioxidant properties which can minimize cumulative free radical damage in brain. It is considered particularly useful in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, helping to improve cognitive function. Ginkgo has been shown more effective on more patients than the synthetic conventional drugs to treat dementia. Ginkgo Biloba may be useful in the management of asthma, autoimmune diseases, kidney inflammation, gastric ulcers, ulcerative colitis, inflammatory skin diseases, arthritis and nervous disorders.
A medicinal extract is produced from the leaves of the Ginkgo. Ginkgo interacts with a wide range of medicines, so consult a physician before taking this herbal supplement. Do not use unprocessed leaf or raw seeds, because the unprocessed ginkgo leaf contains ginkgolic acids that are toxic. Ginkgo should not be used by people who are taking the anti-depressant drugs known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI) or by pregnant women.