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Ginkgo Biloba

What is Ginkgo Biloba?

Ginkgo Biloba is a herb that has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It may be helpful in support of memory loss associated with aging, poor circulation to the extremities, tinnitus and the early stages of macular degeneration.

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What health problems can Ginkgo Biloba help with?

Taking Ginkgo can: 

  • Improve circulation to the brain and extremities - Clinical studies conducted with Ginkgo show that it supports circulation to the brain as well as the extremities and that this is achieved by maintaining healthy blood vessel tone and reducing blood viscosity.
  • It has also been shown to improve mental sharpness, concentration, short term memory and cognitive ability.
  • Ginkgo is also a proven antioxidant and free radical scavenger. This herb's antioxidant activity protects the brain and nervous system from free radical damage. As well as this it protects the blood-brain barrier (anatomical barriers and transport systems that control types of substances entering extracellular spaces of the brain).
  • Ginkgo Biloba, in combination with the herb Hawthorn, improves blood supply to the heart itself. This combination has been used successfully as a preventative against bypass operations, as it provides the heart muscle itself with rich, oxygenated blood. Ginkgo and Hawthorn help regulate the heartbeat and are useful for chest pains. They help reduce blood pressure, prophylactic to stroke and heart attacks. The British herbal pharmacopoeia 1983 states that Hawthorn is reputed to dissolve deposits in thickened and sclerotic arteries, thereby acting as an ideal preventative medication.

Ginkgo as a remedy for haemorrhoids, varicose veins and restless legs

All of the above conditions indicate a problem in the veins. After travelling around the body, via the arteries, the blood is returned to the heart by the venous system (veins). The veins have an intricate system of one way valves, like little muscles, which prevent the blood from flowing the wrong way. Unfortunately, due to gravity, the blood does tend to want to stay at the lowest point in our body and with lots of standing, straining or other restrictions, the veins become very lethargic and lose their tension and elasticity. Ginkgo increases the flow rate in the capillaries and end arteries, achieving vasodilatation, particularly in the deeper seated medium and smaller arteries.

Ginkgo Biloba and memory...

Numerous clinical studies have demonstrated a marked improvement in the symptoms of memory loss, after administration of Ginkgo Biloba.

Gingko side effects...

Some people who start taking this herb say they notice a mild transient headaches for a couple of days. This is a good sign, showing this herb is doing its work. Improved peripheral circulation helps reduce cold extremities, intermittent leg pain and cramping. It helps supply more oxygen and glucose to the brain and protects arteries, veins and capillaries from damage - regulating their tone and elasticity.

Is this Ginkgo safe to take with high blood pressure or heart problems?

There are no known contradictions or drug interactions, but if you are taking any prescription blood thinning medication, do not take Ginkgo Biloba.

How does Ginkgo Biloba work in the body?

Studies have shown that Ginkgo Biloba inhibits platelet stickiness, regulates the tone and elasticity of blood vessels, increases circulation in both arteries and capillaries and is an effective antioxidant in the brain, retina and cardiovascular system. Additionally, Ginkgolides have demonstrated the ability to inhibit platelet activating factor (PAF).

Ginkgo Biloba Supplements...

healthyonline stock a wide variety of Ginkgo Biloba products, of varying potencies and in combination with different herbs. Some of these are:

Tebonin EGb761 - Tebonin is the original Ginkgo biloba brand from Germany containing the unique, proprietary extract EGb761, the best researched phyto-pharmaceutical ingredient worldwide.

Ginkgo Biloba 9,000+ - This formulation has been designed to assist peripheral circulation and aid the various ailments which are common in individuals suffering from poor circulation.

Brahmi 6000 Plus Memory - A high potency Brahmi formula to assist memory, concentration and other cognitive functions. This formula is useful for anyone working, studying or looking to supplement a busy, stressful lifestyle.

Gingko with Green Tea - Organic tea combining Ginkgo leaf with green tea for a pure and dynamic blend.

If you are unsure which Ginkgo Biloba supplement would best suit your needs, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.

NOTE: If taking any prescription blood thinning medication, do not take Ginkgo Biloba.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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