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How to Increase Your Memory with Natural Supplements - Ginkgo Biloba

Jeffrey Meier

Ginkgo biloba is known to the oldest living tree species. They are believed to have existed for about 150-200 million years. It is one of the most unique trees has no close living relatives. It has male and female flowers growing on different trees. Ginkgo biloba also commonly known as the gingko is not found in the wild but it has been preserved by Chinese monks in the Chinese temple gardens as a scared tree since ancient times. It is sometimes known as the Maidenhair Tree as the leaves closely resemble the Maidenhair Fern.


The Ginkgo is a gymnosperm which means naked seed; the seeds are not protected by an ovary. For many years it was thought that these trees have been extinct from the forests but now they are known to grow in two small areas Zhejiang province in eastern China, in the Tian Mu Shan Reserve. It was first brought to Europe in the 1700's and it is now a commonly prescribed drug in France and Germany. It is one of the well-researched herbs in the world.


Health benefits:


Researches show that Ginkgo has many health benefits and prevents many health problems. The extract of the Ginkgo leaves contains flavonoid glycosides and ginkgolides and is being used as a memory enhancer as it has positive effects on the vascular system, especially in the cerebellum. It works by increasing the flow of blood to the brain and to all the blood vessels that supply blood and oxygen to the body organs. Ginkgo helps in increasing metabolism efficiency, regulates neurotransmitters, and boosts oxygen levels in the brain which uses 20% of the body's oxygen. Thus it helps in enhancing your memory, helps in treating problems like Alzheimer's and other symptoms of cerebral insufficiency. Cerebral insufficiency include various problems like confusion, depression, anxiety, difficulties of concentration and memory, absentmindedness, lack of energy, dizziness, tinnitus, and headache. It is also said to provide energy to the body and helps to counteract the effects of aging.


The ginkgo extract prevents PAF (platelet activity factor) which is a common allergen in the body. Excess of this allergen can cause cardiovascular disease, brain damage, hearing disorders and other immune and inflammatory diseases. A low amount of ginkgo is commonly added to energy drinks, but except a placebo effect from Ginkgo being listed on the label the amount used is so low that it does not have any noticeable effect.


Side effects:


Like all other medicines even this has some side effects. It may have undesirable effects for those having blood circulation disorders. Those taking anti coagulants like aspirin and anti depressants should avoid this. Pregnant women should also stay away from ginkgo. The side effects include increased risk of bleeding, gastrointestinal discomfort, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, dizziness, and restlessness.


Always consult a doctor before taking Ginkgo for any purpose.


Jeffrey Meier of Jam727 Enterprises offers detailed information on Ginkgo Biloba at http://www.jam727.com/ginkgo.htm This website has many health related articles and various information on a wide range of topics.



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