Ginkgo Biloba: An Ancient Herb that’s Hard to Forget
They say that salisburia adiantifolia, otherwise known as Ginkgo Biloba, is possibly one of the oldest plants in the world. Early records of treatments featuring the leaves of the plant were first discovered in China and date back to ancient times.
Since then, despite being native to Asia, word of the plant’s therapeutic properties has spread to Europe, North America, Australia, and other parts of the world. But even though it’s been around for centuries, scientists from France, Germany, the United States, and even China, continue to do research on it in the hopes of understanding more about its remarkable healing capabilities. Today, Ginkgo Biloba is widely recognized as a natural alternative for treating various conditions that are not exclusive to just a few aspects of a person’s health.
From treating equilibrium disorders1 (like vertigo and dizziness), to controlling blood pressure2, and potentially preventing cancer3, Ginkgo Biloba is a plant that boasts of an impressive list of benefits. But according to studies conducted over the past few decades, the most intriguing property of the plant has to be the way it affects the brain, particularly in terms of improving concentration4 and its potential for the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease5. Studies on the effects of Ginkgo Biloba (also referred to as EGb 761) conducted in 20036 explain how the glycosides and terpenoids found in the plant are known to be highly effective in improving blood circulation even in small capillaries, protecting cells from oxidative damage, and preventing blood clots, which have been related to Central Nervous System (CNS) disorders among others. The detoxifying and circulation-enhancing properties of the plant, in turn, affect brain performance in terms of improving concentration and memory retention.
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