The classic medicinal plant extract that has been used for thousands of years to improve memory, prevent mental decay and promote a healthy circulation.
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The Ginkgo tree is one of the oldest and most famous medicinal plants known to mankind. Ginkgo extracts were already mentioned in the first Chinese medical writings. In the Chinese culture Ginkgo has been used for thousands of years to improve brain performance and blood circulation. Other traditional uses include treatment of pulmonary problems, promotion of wound healing, and support of a healthy digestion.
From a biological point of view, the Ginkgo tree is the last still existing species of the group of ginkgoals. The Ginkgo tree contains numerous active ingredients, including flavonoids, bilobalides and ginkgolides. Flavonoids, which can also found in numerous other medicinal plants, are secondary plant substances, which are known to protect cell membranes and all body cells from damage. Bilobalides and ginkgolides belong to the group of terpenes are represent specific active ingredients of the ginkgo plant. These active ingredients are known to stimulate the growth of new cells and prevent premature cell death. In addition, they promote a healthy blood circulation throughout the body, including the brain, and are regarded as key agents for treating degenerative brain diseases including dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
The highest concentration of active ingredients is found in the characteristically shaped leaves of the ginkgo tree. We use a highly concentrated 50:1 Ginkgo leaf extract for GN Ginkgo which is standardized for a very high content of 24% flavonoids and belongs to the best Ginkgo extracts available on the market.
The "classical" and probably the most widespread application area of Ginkgo is an improvement in memory performance and concentrativeness. In China Ginkgo was already known for its positive effects in these areas in ancient times. Although there is still debate about the question how strong Ginkgos effects really are, when it comes to promoting concentration and memory, most studies suggest that a good Ginkgo extract may have a perceptible positive effect on brain performance and overall well-being.
During times of severe mental stress, Ginkgo can effectively counteract a decreasing concentrativeness and a possible burnout. The positive effects of Ginkgo are based at least partially on its blood-thinning and circulation-promoting effects, which allow a better supply of the brain with oxygen and important nutrients. At the same time, the better blood circulation in the brain counteracts calcifications and plaque deposits in the blood vessels of the brain, which can adversely affect brain performance. In addition, Ginkgo has a pronounced antioxidant effect and neutralizes free radicals that are occurring in the environment and are produced as waste product as part of the energy metabolism. Neutralizing these aggressive, highly reactive chemicals protects the cells - including brain and nerve cells - as well as the DNA of the cells from damage and destruction by free radicals. This has a positive effect on memory performance, may slow down the aging process and can even protect against numerous diseases including cancer. But Ginkgo not only has a positive effect on the brain and its performance in otherwise healthy people. Even though degenerative diseases of the brain, such as dementia and Alzheimer's are still considered as being incurable, Ginkgo has proved to be a very effective herbal anti-dementia agent that is as effective as pharmaceutical compounds. Numerous studies have shown that Ginkgo can slow down the progression of degenerative diseases of the brain and has a positive effect on course of disease and well-being of the patients treated. Different studies have either observed a maintenance of existing mental abilities or even significant improvements in cognitive performance in patients with degenerative brain disorders. The positive effects of Ginkgo are based, among other things, on a stabilization of the sensitive cell membranes of brain and nerve cells and an improvement of communication between these cells. In addition, Ginkgo appears to have direct effects on chemical messengers and neurotransmitters needed to transmit signals between the brain cells. Because some types of dementia are caused by a poor blood circulation in important areas of the brain, Ginkgo can also shine with its circulation-promoting effect.
In addition to being used for treating existing degenerative diseases of the brain, Ginkgo also seems to have a certain preventive and protective effect that could reduce the risk for these diseases. These protective effects appear to be more pronounced the longer Ginkgo is taken. In a long-term study, the risk of developing a degenerative disease of the brain had decreased by almost 50% after 5 years of regular ginkgo supplementation. Ginkgo's circulation improving effects will not only have positive effects on memory performance, but can also help with different types of blood circulation disorders. The risk of circulatory disorders increases continuously with age and can affect all tissues of the body. While circulatory disorders of the brain are often associated with dizziness, so-called arterial occlusive diseases, which most often affect the legs first, can lead to pain and to a death of tissue, since this tissue is no longer adequately supplied with oxygen and nutrients. Long-term consequences of such circulatory disorders include vessel occlusions, vascular inflammations and calcifications of the arteries. Due to its positive effects on arterial blood flow, Ginkgo is able to prevent drowsiness caused by circulatory disorders of the brain, or at least reduce its intensity and frequency, and can also alleviate blood circulation problems of the legs or other body tissues. In addition, Ginkgo can prevent blood clotting and thus effectively counteract thrombosis and other vascular occlusions, while at the same time reducing excessive blood pressure and thereby preventing long-term damage of the veins. As with most plant extracts, these effects are only fully supported by a long-term use of Ginkgo. In addition to these most widely used fields of application, Ginkgo also has a wide range of other health benefits and potential medical applications. Ginkgo can e.g. also help with tinnitus, since it causes a better circulation of the small blood vessels in the brain. Another field of application, Ginkgo has been used for since ancient times, is treatment of asthma. The Ginkgloid B contained in Ginkgo can reduce mucus production in the respiratory tract, alleviate allergic asthma and reduce inflammations of the tissue of the lung. Studies have shown that Ginkgo can have a similar effect on asthma as the prescription asthma drug dexamethasone. It is far less known that Ginkgo is also successfully used in Asia to treat potency disorders such as erectile dysfunction and can also improve female libido. Because an erectile dysfunction is often attributed to a reduced blood supply to the penis and Ginkgo has a strong circulation-promoting effect, it is quite obvious, how Ginkgo may help in case of a sexual dysfunction. In addition, Ginkgo relieves excessive stress, which is another of the primary triggers for potency problems. Interestingly, Ginkgo also appears to be able to effectively counteract a blockage of veins known as arteriosclerosis that is caused by plaque deposits on the walls of the arteries. Arteriosclerosis is one of the main causes of heart disease and heart attacks. Although Ginkgo has no influence on cholesterol levels, it is capable of preventing oxidation of the unhealthy LDL cholesterol that can result in a formation of hazardous plaques. In addition, Ginkgo neutralizes free radicals, which are responsible for plaque formation. Ginkgo also relaxes the blood vessels, resulting in a lower blood pressure and thereby reduces another risk factor that can promote cardiovascular diseases.
Ginkgo has a proven blood-thinning and circulation-promoting effect. Even though this is a positive and desirable effect in most cases, patients who are treated with blood thinning drugs should only use Ginkgo after consultation with the treating physician because of potential excessive blood-thinning effects due to the combined effects of Ginkgo and medication. It may be necessary to adjust the dosage of the blood-thinning medication.
Due to its blood-thinning effect, Ginkgo should not be taken during the last two weeks before surgery to prevent an unnecessary risk of bleeding. Although no undesirable side effects have been observed so far, pregnant women and breastfeeding women should avoid ginkgo, as there is not enough scientific evidence to prove complete safety during pregnancy and lactation. In very rare cases, people may be allergic to ingredients contained in Ginkgo. If such allergic reactions occur, it is advisable to discontinue the usage of Ginkgo and to discuss any further use with the treating physician.
Recommended daily intake: take 2 capsule without chewing and with sufficient liquid
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