Supplements #13: GINKGO supplements are extracted from leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree which is the only species in its plant family.

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GINKGO supplements are extracted from leaves of the Ginkgo Biloba tree which is the only species in its plant family. All others are extinct. It is so ancient that there are male and female trees and fossils of these trees have been found that are 270 million years old. A single tree can live for 1,000 years and grow to be 120 feet tall. There was a ginkgo tree next to a Shinto shrine in Japan from 1063 to 2010 when it finally died of boredom and tree rot. The nuts of the tree are eaten as a food in Asia, but the supplement is made from the dried leaves. The nuts are dropped to the ground from female trees which are the ones most commonly found in the United States. They need to be roasted before being eaten. Supplements are made from the dried leaf and are standardized to contents of ginkgolides and flavonoids. The leaf extract contains more than 40 different compounds but the most important are flavonoid antioxidants and ginkgolides which have been shown to increase blood flow to the brain and to make platelets less sticky. The supplements have some beneficial effects on memory and progression of dementia especially when it is due to hardening of the arteries, but it does not prevent Alzheimer's Disease. It is also used for cramping in the legs due to blood vessel disease. This supplement is mostly used to improve memory and attention. There are many stated benefits which are not proven including improvements in anxiety, Attention Deficit Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome, and libido. This supplement is also taken for general "brain health". Remember excess abdominal fat is a risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease so Balanced Nutrition and a Healthy Active Lifestyle will also help your brain stay healthy. It is the one organ you cannot replace!!!#drdavidheber #gingko #brain #memory #brainhealth to learn more go to and

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