Ginkgo Biloba | Memory Boosting and So Much More
Ginkgo biloba Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest surviving species of trees. It has been grown in China for more than 200 million years. For thousands of years, it has been used in Chinese traditional medicine to treat brain disorders that affect memory.
While Ginkgo’s pathophysiology is not fully understood, its mechanism of action is thought to be attributed to flavonoids, terpenoids, and organic acids. These compounds act by scavenging free radicals, which are thought to contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. Plus, there is some evidence to show that Ginkgo may reduce thrombosis, dilates arteries and capillaries, and block the release of chemotactic and inflammatory mediators from phagocytes.
The main health benefit of Ginkgo biloba is memory-degenerating diseases. However, these are very complex diseases and more research is needed to fully understand the benefits of Gingko.
Brain disorders that affect memory, like Alzheimer’s and dementia, may benefit from ginkgo. Ginkgo leaf extract is considered a medicinal plant because it may regulate cerebral blood flow and protect against free radicals.
Other medicinal plants that may improve brain health are Peppermint and Turmeric.
Ginkgo may also help ease symptoms of arthritis and irritable bowel disease (IBS). It has some evidence that it may reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke and be anti cancer.
Potential Side Effects
The adverse effects are not common or severe for most people, but they include GI upset, headache, and contact dermatitis.