Gingko Biloba is a hardy ornamental Native to Asia. The oldest living tree species known to humankind & described as a “living fossil”, since it is the last survivor of its botanical family. Individual trees are thought to live up to 1,000 years. It has no living relatives at all and is unique amongst trees. It is also known as the Maiden Hair Tree – Fossil Tree – Kew Tree or Silver Apricot
Traditional Uses of Gingko Biloba:-
Gingko Biloba leaf has been used as food & medicine for over 4,000 yrs. Chinese herbalists still use Ginkgo Biloba for treatment of brain disorders, bronchitis & asthma.
The plant has potent antioxidant effects and is used to treat cerebral insufficiency, senile dementia, & Alzheimer’s disease and some believe it to reduce cardiovascular risks, peripheral arterial disease & certain eye and ear disorders. It is reputed to improve memory & other cognitive functions.
Constituents of Gingko Biloba:-
More than 40 components isolated from the Gingko tree have been identified, but only two are believed to be responsible for the herb’s beneficial effects in humans – flavonoids and Terpenoids. Flavonoids (such as quercetin and rutin) have potent antioxidant effects. Laboratory and animal studies have shown that flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage. Terpenoids (such as ginkgolides) improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels and reducing the stickiness of platelets.
It is one of the world’s best studied herbs: Hundreds of scientific studies published documenting its complex & varied effects.