17 Health Benefits

inkgo biloba has been researched to have potential value in the treatment of over 100 diseases.

Here are just 17 proven ways it can heal. The ginkgo biloba tree is unique in

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many ways. Also known as the “maiden- hair” tree, it blooms only at night and sheds its blossoms immediately. Its fruit is said to stink of rancid butter. And it is a survivor. The ginkgo is often referred to as a

“living fossil.” The term was coined by Charles Darwin and refers to a living spe- cies that has no close living relatives. The ginkgo species dates back over 270 million years to the era of dinosaurs. That is all the more amazing when you realize that the average plant species may survive only a few million years. A single ginkgo tree can live as long

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as 1,000 years although one Daoist temple in Chinese claims a tree in its courtyard is about 10,000 years old. And in 1945 six of the trees are said to have survived in Hiroshima in the devastated area around the impact of the atom bomb. The medicinal history of ginkgo is also long. Chinese records are believed to men- tion using the leaves as far back as 2800 BC to improve blood circulation and lung function. Fifteenth century records men- tion the use of the leaves for skin wounds and diarrhea. Scientists have identified more than 40 components in ginkgo. So far only two - flavonoids and terpenoids - seem to have medicinal properties. Flavonoids are plant- based antioxidants that have been shown to protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels, and retina from damage. Terpe-

noids (such as ginkgolides) are known to improve blood flow.

Ginkgo is one of the most studied herbal remedies in the world. Here are just 17 human studies proving its healing pow- ers.

1. Cognition, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

In a meta-analysis German research- ers reviewed nine trials using the standard- ized Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761® which has become one of the most widely used herbal remedies for dementia and cognitive impairment. They con- cluded that ginkgo biloba was more effec- tive than a placebo for improving cogni- tion in patients with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. It also improved activities of daily living for Alzheimer’s patients. They researchers suggested that ginkgo biloba may be just as good or better than other treatment options for patients with mild or moderate dementia.

A more recent meta-analysis of 21

trials found that compared to conven- tional medicines alone, ginkgo biloba in combination with conventional drugs was superior in improving cognitive and ac- tivities of daily living scores for patients with Alzheimer’s disease in just 24 weeks. It also improved thinking in people with mild cognitive impairment.

Another meta-analysis published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease found

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