Ginkgo biloba, aka maidenhair, is arguably the most ancient tree not only in China but the entire world. It has a long history of use for its medicinal properties.
Even though both its seeds and leaves are used in traditional Chinese medicine, modern research focuses only on the ginkgo extract derived from its leaves.
1. Packs Powerful Antioxidants
Ginkgo’s antioxidant content is believed to be the reason behind its many health benefits. It contains flavonoids and terpenoids — both of which are strong antioxidants.
In case you didn’t already know, antioxidants protect our bodies against harmful molecules called free radicals — which are highly reactive and can accelerate aging and disease development.
Since ginkgo extract is loaded with powerful antioxidants, it helps your body fight off free radicals.
2. Can Help Your Body Fight Inflammation
As you may know, inflammation is a part of your body’s natural response to injury or invasion by a foreign substance.
However, certain chronic diseases can trigger inflammation even when there is no injury or illness present. Over time, this inflammation can permanently damage certain body tissues.
Here’s a list of some of the diseases in which ginkgo extract can reduce inflammation:
- Heart disease
- Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
3. Improves Blood Circulation and Heart Health
Since ginkgo seed extract increases blood flow to several parts of the body, it was used in ancient Chinese medicine for boosting the energy of sick patients.
According to one modern study, people with heart disease who took ginkgo supplements experienced an immediate in blood flow to multiple parts of the body.
The same study suggests that this happened because ginkgo induced a 12% increase in levels of nitric oxide — a compound responsible for dilating blood vessels.
Furthermore, a lot more research on ginkgo suggests that it protects heart and brain health due to its anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant content.
Health Issues Associated With Ginkgo Biloba Deficiency
With powerful anti-inflammatory properties and strong antioxidant content, ginkgo biloba can reduce your risk of facing health issues, including:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Macular degeneration
- Anxiety and depression
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Blood pressure problems
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Furthermore, people who consume ginkgo extract have significantly lower chances of suffering from inflammation caused by certain diseases.
Daily Recommended Intake
The daily recommended intake for ginkgo biloba depends almost completely on the condition the user is trying to treat. According to current research:
- For anxiety: 80-160 milligrams of a ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761 should be taken three times per day for 4 weeks.
- For diseases that interfere with thinking (dementia): 60-480 milligrams of ginkgo leaf extract should be divided into two to three doses per day.
- For schizophrenia: 120-360 milligrams of a ginkgo leaf extract called EGb 761 should be taken daily for 8 to 16 weeks.
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