Ginkgo Biloba For Healthy Brain Function

by | Updated: July 3rd, 2012 | Read time: 1 minute

The Ginkgo Biloba tree has literally been around since the age of the dinosaurs; it is the oldest known living species of tree on planet Earth. Extract from the Ginkgo Biloba leaves has been used for centuries in China to support healthy circulation, memory, and brain function. In Europe and the United States, ginkgo supplements are among the best-selling herbal supplements.

Ginkgo leaves also contain two types of chemicals (flavonoids and terpenoids) believed to have potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals — damaging compounds in the body. Free radicals occur naturally in the body, but environmental toxins can also increase the number of these damaging particles.

It is believed that Ginkgo Biloba extract may support healthy circulation throughout the body, which may support healthy mental awareness. It may also help maintain eye health and normal mood. Ginkgo Biloba may increase risk of bleeding, so individuals with clotting disorders or pregnant women should not take Ginkgo Biloba supplements.