Ginkgo biloba is an ancient tree which has been cultivated for many centuries in temple gardens of China and Japan.
It is now widely popular around the world thanks to its medicinal properties.
We are interested in this plant as a potent energiser which can potentially help us lift tiredness and chronic fatigue. (Ref. 1)
Ginkgo biloba is also a powerful tonic for the whole body. It may enhance memory, improve brain blood flow, deliver mental clarity and relieve depression, among numerous other benefits. (Ref. 2, 3 and 4) From this point of view, it may have the potential to permeate the blood-brain barrier.
Ginkgo biloba fights heart disease by thinning blood and blocking platelet activity. It is also believed to help with disorders of the central nervous system. (Ref. 5 and 6)
Doctors in some progressive European countries, Germany being one of them, prescribe ginkgo biloba to patients for a number of conditions.
Just like any other plant in its whole state, ginkgo biloba has a variety of bioflavonoids - those wonderful chemical compounds which are also strong anti-oxidants. (Ref. 7)
Bioflavonoids, in synergy with each other, work to remove impurities from our bodies and improve the function of our immune system.
Always consult a nutritional therapist if you decide to take ginkgo biloba for any medical condition, or are concerned about its side-effects on your system.
Written by: Irina Bright
Original publication date: 2013
Republication date: 2020
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