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Ginkgo Biloba Sources and Uses

Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:44 PM

Ginkgo biloba is used by Chinese medicine practitioners as a natural treatment for many common ailments. Ginkgo biloba extracts help as memory boosters and work as protective barriers against oxidative damage.

Ginkgo biloba can be used in the diet in the form of leaves, fresh nuts, pulp, or seeds. It may be taken as herbal supplements, with the dosages varying as per the medical conditions.

Ginkgo biloba benefits:
The flavonoids in ginkgo improve concentration and attention span. Other ginkgo uses in diet include treatment for dementia, depression, impotency, respiratory tract disorders, sinusitis, PMS, atherosclerosis, and macular degeneration.

Use of ginkgo in diet:
• Ginkgo Tea: Steep 1 tsp. of powdered gingko leaves in hot water (1 cup) for 10-15 minutes.
• Researchers recommend intake of 40-75mg of standardized ginkgo leaf extracts 2-3 times a day for reducing depression. When combined with ginseng, ginkgo biloba supplements improve restlessness and attention deficit.
• Ginkgo nuts can be used in stuffing, soups, and desserts.
• Ginkgo seeds, available fresh, roasted, canned or dried are served as appetizers.

Ginkgo use may carry side effects such as headache, allergies, or digestive troubles. Avoid use of ginkgo without consultation if you suffer from blood circulation disorders or take anticoagulants. Ginkgo biloba must not be used by pregnant women, children, and breast-feeding mothers.

For more information about ginkgo, see below:

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How Ginkgo Biloba Can Change Your Life

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