The strangest (and yet most compelling) fact we learned? After scanning thousands of patients’ brains through his Amen Clinics program to optimize brain health, Dr. Amen reports that, of all the supplements and behaviors his clients try, those who use ginkgo biloba regularly have some of “the prettiest brains” he sees in his practice. Intrigued? So were we.
Ginkgo biloba is one of the most popular herbal medicines in the world. Long used for its mental acuity benefits, especially for the elderly, ginko is coming back on our radars fast. Here’s what you need to know about using – and benefiting from – ginkgo.
What is Ginkgo Biloba?Brain Booster: Ginkgo improves blood circulation, which helps our eyes, ears, legs and brains function better. Research shows that ginkgo can help improve concentration, memory, cognitive clarity and can even help lessen the effects of Alzheimer’s disease.
Energy Enhancer: Ginko helps regulates blood flow; research shows that ginkgo can increase blood vessel dilation and stimulate blood flow throughout our bodies. Consequently, the extra oxygen transported through our system helps boost our energy, endurance and physical strength.
Mood Manager: As an adaptogenic herb, ginkgo can help cool our stress hormones – cortisol and adrenaline – making it useful for managing stress, anxiety, and can even help alleviate some of the symptoms of depression. Ginko is also great for handing PMS, addressing both mood swings and cramps (ginkgo is super anti-inflammatory!).
Protective Pro: Notably anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants, ginkgo offers protection against mitochondrial damage, oxidative stress, and physical signs of aging. In addition to helping prevent certain diseases, ginkgo also helps prevent vision degeneration and cataracts. Some studies have even shown that ginkgo can improve vision and increase long-distance sight capacity for glaucoma patients.
how to try it: Take your recommended dosage of ginkgo daily as a mild tea, capsule or tincture. We prefer liquid form because its easy to swirl into morning beverage or smoothie. Our favorite is this one: Herb Pharm Certified Organic Ginkgo Extract
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