If you are a hard studying student, a professional person that needs to memorize a large quantity of data on a daily basis, or feel like you are becoming more forgetful, Ginkgo biloba may be the best natural prescription. Ginkgo biloba is one of the oldest living tree species and has been used in Chinese medicine for the last 5000 years to boost circulatory, nerve, mood and memory function. Boosting memory helps people become more successful, making Ginkgo one of the top selling natural medicines in France, Germany, Europe and the United States.
The leaves of this popular memory enhancing tree contain two primary active compounds that are powerful antioxidants - flavonoids and terpenoids. Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants that protect the nerves, heart muscle and blood vessels from damage and terpenoids are organic chemicals that increase blood flow. The effect of these two compounds has lead researchers to investigate what health benefits Ginkgo biloba may actually possess.
Researchers at Liberta University found that Ginkgo biloba enhanced the memory processes of healthy adults. Similarly, studies in The Journal of Psychopharmacology have demonstrated that Ginkgo biloba can significantly improve the attention span of healthy adults. A meta-analysis of all the studies done on Ginkgo biloba found that it is also helpful in the treatment of dementia. The evidence tells us that Ginkgo is effective and works through three primary effects on the body: Improving blood flow, protecting DNA from damage by free radicals, and preventing blood clots.
Bring the benefit of boosted memory and concentration to your life by adding Ginkgo biloba to your diet. Ginkgo can be bought as capsules, tablets, liquid extracts, standardized extracts containing 24 – 32% flavonoids and 6-12% terpenoids, as well as dried leaves that can be used for making tea. There is no evidence to suggest that one method of ingestion is more effective than another, although liquids generally are more readily absorbed in the body, making liquid extracts and tea preparations the fastest route to feeling what Ginkgo can offer. An effective amount is between 60 – 240 mg per day divided into a morning and evening dose taken with food.
As with any herb or medication, possible side effects do exist. For Ginkgo this includes excessive bleeding (due to its circulation boosting properties), seizures, digestive problems, headaches, and allergic reactions. The side effects rarely occur and if you are currently taking any other medications please first consult with your physician. It can take up to 2 weeks for the full power of Ginkgo to manifest itself, but you can expect to enjoy a nice boost to your brain just 2 hours after the first dose.
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