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The Gingko tree is from a family which is one of the earliest species of tree on the earth, dating back millions of years, so old it’s sometimes called a “living fossil.” It has been cultivated and used by humans for thousands of years, particularly within the Chinese herbal tradition, and is the official tree of Tokyo. Also known as Maidenhair, it is one of the most popular herbs used worldwide, with a wide range of traditional uses. Our Gingko powder is made from the dried leaves.
The ginkgo tree is one of the oldest types of trees in the world. Ginkgo seeds have been used in traditional Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Ginkgo leaf extract has been used to treat a variety of ailments and conditions, including circulatory problems. Most commonly, people use ginkgo leaf extracts hoping to improve memory and enhance cognitive ability.
Ginkgo biloba is one of the world's oldest living tree species, believed to have survived for 200 million years. Individual trees have lived 1000 years. Ginkgo trees are tall hardy trees, highly resistant to pollutants and pests with distinctive fan-shaped leaves. Ginkgo is considered a sacred tree by the Chinese and has been used in Oriental Medicine since ancient times for respiratory ailments and for brain function. Gingko has a long history of use in Chinese herbalism.
The main active compounds in Ginkgo leaves are the flavo- glycosides: kaempferol, quercetin, isorhamnetin, and proantho-cyanidins. These compounds have anti-oxidant and free radical properties. Also important are the terpenes: ginkgolides and bilobalides. One way these agents decrease inflammation is by inhibiting Platelet Activating Factor (PAF) and reducing the stickiness of platelets which can result in decreased circulatory flow.
Ginkgo Biloba Extract is an herbal supplement widely used in Europe to improve memory and cognitive function and also in the treatment of intermittent claudication, a vascular constriction disorder of the lower legs that results in calf pain upon exertion. It is also used in the treatment of tinnitus.
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1/2 - 1 tsp a day. Mix into a smoothie or a raw chocolate recipe.