Ginkgo Biloba and brain health

Ginkgo Biloba and brain health

Ginkgo is the oldest living species of tree. Many nutritionists take this to mean that because it is so hardy, it may pass it elixir of life on to us. Strangely, this may be true! Unlike many things in life, Ginkgo biloba extract deserves its sterling reputation. Testing has shown that it is both safe and useful in preventing and treating various diseases.

Probably the most extensively studied herb, Ginkgo Biloba contains numerous beneficial substances, some with powerful pharmacological properties. It is an incredible substance, capable of significantly increasing blood flow through arteries in all organs and tissues, including the brain and heart muscle. It is composed of special alkaloids (ginkaloids) in combination with a multitude of antioxidant flavonoids making Ginkgo extract a very powerful tool against numerous disorders, especially those associated with degenerative aging and impaired micro-vessel blood flow.

We know that Ginkgo improves blood flow through the brain, mainly in very small blood vessels (micro-vessels) that actually supply the brain with oxygen and glucose. This is especially important in people with poor blood supply to their brain (cerbrovascular insufficiency). Several clinical tests using the herb have even shown a significant improvement in people with cerebrovascular disease.

The flavonoids found in the Ginkgo extract powerfully inhibit free-radical damage in numerous tissues and organs. But, of special interest is their ability to prevent oxidation of LD cholesterol, since this plays a key role in the atherosclerotic process. These flavonoids also have an antibiotic effects as well.

Health and Nutrition Secrets (that could save your life), Dr Russell L. Blaylock, MD

Ginkgo Biloba Facts

A living fossil

The Ginkgo tree is the only living representative of the order Ginkgoales, a group of gymnosperms composed of the family Ginkgoaceae consisting of about 19 members with its earliest leaf fossils dating back to 270 million years ago in the Permian period, so in the era of the dinosaurs (Jurassic 213 million years ago) it already existed. Fossil leaves and vegetative organs show that at that time there were several species. During the Middle Jurassic there was a great increase in species with a maximum diversity during the Cretaceous period (144 million years ago) in areas now known as Asia, Europe and North America. It was common and widespread for a long time.
Due to geological cataclysms only two species were left (Ginkgo adiantoides and Ginkgo gardneri) in the Tertiary (65 million years ago). The extinction of the dinosaurs as potential seed dispersers of the large seeds may also have influenced this decline, which is in line with the fossil records. Read more about seed dispersers on my Propagation-page.

About 7 million years ago the Ginkgo disappeared from the fossil record of North America. It was gone from Europe by about 2.5 million years ago...

Ginkgo Survived Atomic Bomb Blast

At the end of World War II on August 6th 1945 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima by the Americans. The plants and trees in the area around the epicentre were examined in September 1945.

The Ginkgo situated near a temple about 1.1 km away from the blast center appeared to bud after the blast without any major deformations (the temple itself was destroyed). The temple-site in Housenbou was smaller after the war and they considered transplanting or cutting down the Ginkgo to rebuild the temple. In 1994 it was decided to leave it there and adjust the temple to it, so now the main building has stairs in front divided into left-and right hand sides, protecting the Ginkgo inside this U-shape.

Engraved on it "No more Hiroshima" and people's prayers for peace.

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