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7 Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

Wednesday, 02 April 2014 09:28 PM

Traditional medical practitioners have long been using ginkgo biloba for the various health benefits that this tree has to offer. To prove its effectiveness, many researches have focused on identifying and isolating the components that go into ginkgo biloba. More than 40 components have been identified so far, but according to nutritionists, only two of these (flavonoids, terpenoids) seem to have any significant positive effect on health.
Of these flavonoids are antioxidants, which are plant-based. According to research, these antioxidants are capable of protecting the heart muscles, nerves, retina, and blood vessels from damage, apart from improving memory. Similarly, terpenoids aid in the flow of blood through blood vessel dilation, while reducing platelet stickiness. Traditional medicine practitioners tend to use ginkgo biloba for memory enhancement and treatment of circulatory disorders.
Health Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba
  • Treatment of Alzheimer’s/dementia: The original use of ginkgo biloba was in aiding blood flow regulation to the brain thus improving memory. However, studies show that the components of this tree are capable of protecting the nerve cells of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease. People suffering from vascular dementia or Alzheimer’s may experience memory enhancement through ginkgo biloba treatment.
  • Glaucoma treatment: People taking regular doses of ginkgo biloba in the range of 120 milligrams have shown significant improvement in vision through continuous use for eight weeks.
  • Relief in intermittent claudication: Walking becomes a study in pain for people suffering from claudication. One way to bring relief in such cases is treatment with ginkgo biloba. Comparative study of patients taking a placebo and those on regular doses of ginkgo biloba shows that those taking the latter could walk 37 yards farther than the former, and they derive better health benefits.
  • Treatment of macular degeneration: Macular degeneration progressively impairs your retina. The health benefits of flavonoids include alleviating and curing major retinal issues related to macular degeneration.
  • Preventing premenstrual syndrome: The health benefits of gingko leaf extract are quite significant. It offers relief from different symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, such as breast tenderness, backache, and muscle cramps. It should be consumed during the 16th day of menstrual cycle and continued until the fifth day of the following cycle.
  • Minimizing impact of Reynaud’s syndrome: One can derive good health benefits by continuously consuming ginkgo biloba leaf extract. It would minimize the frequency of painful attacks in people suffering from Reynaud’s syndrome.
  • Treatment for dizziness and vertigo: Ginkgo biloba has amazing health benefits in treating dizziness and vertigo. When ginkgo leaf extracts are taken orally, it can dramatically improve the symptoms of nausea and dizziness, when climbing high altitudes.
Ginkgo leaf extract is used in cosmetics. It is also used in food preparations, though the whole seed is considered unsafe to eat.

It is advisable to get natural products such as ginkgo biloba, as they provide better health benefits than over-the-counter medicines and prescription drugs.

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This article enumerates the health benefits associated with ginkgo biloba, one of the oldest tree species known to man. Traditional medical practitioners have long known the health benefits of this natural product and it is time that modern medicine utilized it.
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