Feeling like your memory is being faulty like an old computer chip? The solution could be in a few drops a day of Ginkgo biloba. This ancient extract, derived from one of the oldest living tree species, is one of the best selling herbal supplements in the United States and Europe. First used for its medicinal properties in Ancient China, the Chinese took ginkgo for its claimed cognitive benefits and to alleviate symptoms of asthma.
The plant does have a number of therapeutic properties and antioxidants. Ginkgo is currently used for the treatment of numerous conditions, many of which are under scientific investigation. Available evidence supports ginkgo for managing dementia, anxiety, schizophrenia, and cerebral insufficiency (insufficient blood flow to brain). Recent findings support the use of gingko biloba extract to help treat tinnitus.
Ginkgo biloba cannot be naturally derived from food. Most ginkgo supplements are derived from the tree leaves. The extract commonly can be found in the form of a liquid or capsule. There is no standard dose of ginkgo biloba supplements.
Just like re-setting an electrical outlet, ginkgo biloba can offer that same benefit. With the holidays upon us, and the whirlwind it can be for many, it could be the season for Ginkgo.