Nature doesn’t just buttress us on a daily basis, providing us with light, oxygen, and pleasurable vistas. It also brims with organic help for our health.
One form of such help rests in an extract from an esteemed tree in Asia: Ginkgo biloba. Derived from the leaf of the Chinese Ginkgo—or Maidenhair—tree, the herb is a mainstay in Traditional Chinese Medicine, where it’s been used for centuries to boost energy levels, relieve headaches, promote sleep, support libido, ease pain and provide relief from coughing and wheezing. Meanwhile, in Germany and other European countries, Ginkgo is revered for its cognitive-supporting effects. And globally? It’s one of the most widely studied herbs, as well as the most commonly-ingested botanical for brain health.†
Here are five primary benefits of the ancient herb—and five ways to take it.
1. Rich in antioxidants†
Ginkgo biloba packs a powerful nutritional punch, in that its two main compounds, terpenoids and flavonoids, have potent antioxidant properties.
This is a boon, as antioxidants are vital to your health—they provide protection against free radical damage, prevent damage to tissues, DNA and cells, and may slow the progression of age-related diseases. †
Find it in:…an-easy-to-consume capsule. Nature’s Bounty Gingko Biloba contains 60 mg of the herb per serving and is free of artificial ingredients, lactose, soy, gluten, wheat and more.
Approximately 60,000 miles of blood vessels course through your body, helping you achieve, well, everything. With this in mind, it makes perfect sense that blood circulation is critical to your well-being; poor blood flow, after all, means that your cells may not be getting the oxygen and nutrients they need to thrive.
While a number of efforts can improve circulation, including controlling your blood pressure, getting adequate exercise, and staying hydrated, Gingko may organically support healthy circulation as well. How? Studies have shown that the herb promotes blood flow throughout the body and supports healthy blood vessel walls. †
Find it in…an herbal extract. Nature’s Answer Ginkgo Biloba uses a Bio-Chelated extraction process to yield a holistically balanced extract.
Brain health is health, as your mind controls your bodily functions, assists you with understanding and interacting with the world around you, and allows you to work, play and rest.
Gingko naturally encourages brain function so that all of this is possible. Considered a nootropic, the herb is believed to support brain health because it organically promotes blood circulation in the brain (think of #2). What’s more, a study published in JAMA determined that Ginkgo biloba was potentially helpful in improving social behaviors and supporting brain function in dementia patients. †
Find it in…in a combination formula. Prince of Peace’s Ginkgo Biloba and Red Panax Ginseng marries the esteemed Ginkgo Biloba with another renowned, ancient herb—one that has traditionally been used to organically support memory, concentration and energy. †
That improved blood flow to the brain can be a gift for already-healthy individuals, as some studies have demonstrated that Gingko biloba may naturally bolster memory and cognitive speed—or the ability to process information rapidly, whether it be visual, auditory or movement. †
Find it in…an herbal powder. Gaia Herbs’ Mind Spring Herb Powder blends Gingko biloba with mushrooms and full spectrum herbs, including holy basil and turmeric, to help maintain brain health and recall while also supporting emotional well-being. †
Some science for you: Your cerebrovascular system refers to the vessels that transport blood to and from the brain. When this system is interrupted through, say, an aneurysm or a stroke (which may occur when there’s bleeding in the brain or insufficient blood flow to the brain), life-changing symptoms can ensue, including altered comprehension, speech complications, emotional issues, memory problems and personality changes. †
Gingko Biloba naturally supports this system. This is believed to be possible through its functions as a neuroprotective agent, as well as a free radical scavenger and membrane supporter. †
Find it in…a tea tailored for the mind. BareOrganics’ Functional Coffee Single Serve Focus infuses fair trade, organic coffee with superfoods such as Ashwagandha, cinnamon, vitamin C and Ginkgo biloba—all to help you stay on task and to support your concentration. What better way to start to the day?