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Poor memory? Cold hands or feet? Get things circulating again with Ginkgo biloba

Ginkgo improves circulation to the brain to sharpen concentration & memory and improves blood flow to the extremities. It also acts as an antioxidant to protect arteries, veins & capillaries from damage, thereby regulating their tone & elasticity.

What is Ginkgo biloba used for?

Ginkgo biloba is helpful in support of memory loss associated with aging, poor circulation to the extremities, tinnitus and the early stages of macular degeneration. Taking Ginkgo improves circulation to the brain and extremities and sharpens concentration and mental activity. It has also been shown to improve mental sharpness, short-term memory and cognitive ability.

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.

Additionally, Ginkgo is 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).

Some people who start taking this herb say they notice a mild transient headache 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.

Ginkgo, in combination with the herb hawthorn, improves blood supply to the heart itself. This combination has been used successfully as a preventative against by-pass 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 and are 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.

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.

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).

Will Ginkgo biloba improve the memory?

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

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

This herb has been shown to help with health problems relating to the cardiovascular system. In all cases, you should check with your health care provider before self-prescribing. You should not take this herb if you are already taking blood-thinning medication, such as Warfarin or Cartia.

Ideal Health stocks a wide variety of Ginkgo biloba products of varying potencies and in combination with different herbs. Ask Leanne James which Ginkgo biloba supplement would best suit your needs.

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The Naturopathic Team
Ideal Health

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