Ginkgo has been prescribed for many hundreds of years by Eastern healers. The tree itself is thought to go back over 150 million years. Some trees live to be over a thousand years old and are so hardy that the only tree to survive near the epicenter of the atomic blast at Hiroshima was a Ginkgo Biloba tree.
Over the last decade, the extraordinary properties of the Ginkgo Biloba have captured the interest of the scientific research community because no other plant does quite what the Ginkgo Biloba does. Research has now isolated compounds from the plant that regulate blood flow to the extremities, but most importantly, also to the brain. Additionally, these compounds also help control levels of neuro-transmitters in the brain, thus helping to counter memory loss, depression and lack of alertness, which may develop in old age. These same substances also block a substance called platelet activating factor (PAF) which, by over stimulating the immune system, may lead to conditions such as asthma, toxic shock from bacterial poisons, and perhaps, even atherosclerosis and stroke.
The major uses of Ginkgo Biloba have now been thoroughly subjected to scientific scrutiny. It has been shown, in these studies, to help restore health in the following areas:
- Brain Function
Cerebral insufficiency is a term that describes decreased blood flow to the brain. It can adversely affect memory, concentration, intellectual ability, vision, equilibrium, and balance. Symptomatically, cerebral insufficiency may lead to headaches, depression, and mental confusion.
- Circulation Disorders
Peripheral vascular disease is a condition of poor circulation in the extremities, particularly the legs. It can make walking very difficult and thereby impact negatively on an individual’s ability to exercise properly. It is not unusual for this condition to also be associated with circulatory problems of the skin, heart, and other organs. Circulation is critical to good health.
- Hearing Disorders
Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to alleviate tinnitus, the medical term for ringing in the ears. It has also been shown to help disturbed balance, dizziness (vertigo), and sudden hearing loss. All of these conditions can be attributed to restricted circulation as well as free radical damage, and Ginkgo Biloba is helpful for both.
- Eye Disorders
The retina is composed of very delicate tissue which is prone to free radical damage, hemorrhage (as in senile macular degeneration, a major problem in the elderly), and restricted circulation due to stress. One of the most frightening challenges of old age is loss of sight, and anything that can reduce the risk to that is going to be important therapeutically and preventively.
The research demonstrates that Ginkgo Biloba protects the brain, improves circulation, and reduces the risk of free radical damage. As most of you are like me, either into your retirement years or close to it, this becomes an issue of concern. Senility and dementia have become much more prevalent among the elderly in this country, undoubtedly due to changes in lifestyle and environment, and in this area medicine has provided few answers.
- Environmental Protection
Ginkgo Biloba has been shown to guard our tissues against environmental toxins such as pesticides and herbicides. Exactly how it does this we are not sure, but fortunately we do not have to know how something works to use it to our advantage.
- Stress Support
By improving blood circulation and counteracting cellular damage which may arise when excess free radicals in the body are generated during chronic activation of the immune system, this herb acts as a powerful anti-stress aid.
- PAF Inhibitor
The research not only shows that by inhibiting PAF, Ginkgo Biloba counteracts toxic shock, but the reduced risk of asthma is a major benefit in a society where this condition in increasing at a shocking rate. Other immune based disorders, among them psoriasis, and skin allergies are also often helped.
Many studies have been performed to determine the nature of any side effects that Ginkgo Biloba may have. The results have been excellent. It appears that about half of one percent of people taking Ginkgo Biloba will experience a mild stomach upset which subsides when the herb is discontinued. Although herbalists and healers have used teas and extracts for centuries, the latest research has been preformed with standardized products that are batch consistent. Preventics new Ginkgo Biloba supplement is a more potent upgrade to the latest standardization.
A proper clinical trial of our new Ginkgo Biloba would last for three months at two pills per day. If positive results are forthcoming, reduce dosage to one capsule per day to see if the positive results hold. If so continue at one capsule per day. If not, increase dosage back to two capsules per day.