Ginkgo Biloba

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Where it's from: China

Form: Extract

Benefits of Ginkgo Biloba

  • Mental performance
  • Neurological health

      What is Ginkgo Biloba? 

      Ginkgo Biloba is an ancient tree that’s native to China. It’s referred to as a ‘living fossil’ due to it first appearing in the Middle Jurassic Period over 170 million years ago, when the continents of the Earth were joined together in a single landmass known as Pangea. It has been used as a traditional Chinese medicine for nearly 1000 years and today, nutritionists are interested in it for its effects on cognitive health. 

      Ginkgo Biloba helps the maintenance of good cognitive function, maintaining memory with age decline, and helps enhance cognitive function (thinking, reasoning and focusing). This is because Ginkgo promotes blood flow to the brain by enabling the blood vessels to open, and by helping your blood to become less sticky. Increased blood flow means increased nutrient delivery and uptake by the brain cells, allowing them to function to their full potential. Learn more about ‘How your diet can improve your mental health’ and ‘Foods and vitamins to improve your brain’.  

      Gingko contains potent naturally occurring antioxidants, such as flavonoids and terpenoids. These ‘scavenge’ and neutralise ‘free radicals’ in the body which cause damage to bodily cells and systems. As such, Ginkgo may have neuroprotective mechanisms, protecting brain cells from the potential damage of free radicals and contributing to the prevention of associated degenerative conditions.

      You may also be interested in ‘10 Foods & Supplements to Boost Brain Health’.