In wellness, it always seems a new ingredient is catching the spotlight — ashwagandha, reishi… but if you’re looking for a way to support memory, concentration, and possible full-body wellbeing, you might want to consider a classic: ginkgo.
While this plant has been used for centuries, only relatively recently did ginkgo hit Western shelves. Ready to learn more about this ancient tree? Read on…
What is ginkgo biloba?
Remember when herbal supplements like ginkgo biloba and echinacea hit the market back in the late 90s? At the time, the ingredients for wellness seemed groundbreaking. Now, these ancient herbs are often eclipsed by the adaptogen of the moment – but that doesn’t mean they don’t deserve their spot on the roster! In fact, ginkgo may be one of the oldest beneficial ingredients out there (and FYI, it’s considered an adaptogen itself). Also known as Maidenhair Tree, ginkgo biloba is believed to be one of the oldest existing tree species in the world – with fossils dating as far back as 270 million years. In fact, it’s the only remaining species left in the Ginkgophyta division — all others have gone extinct. Native to China, ginkgo has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to support the circulatory system and memory but only more recently has it been officially studied for its potential benefits.
What are the benefits of ginkgo biloba?
Need a brain boost? Ginkgo could help! Used for centuries in traditional Chinese medicine, ginkgo biloba could support memory and cognitive function thanks to specific flavonoids and terpenoids (antioxidant rich properties). These antioxidants have been studied for their potential benefit to mood, as they may help to slow oxidative stress. Because of these antioxidants, ginkgo has also been linked to potential support for concentration, especially in older adults. Because of its classification as an adaptogen, ginkgo could support overall wellbeing.
How do you use it?
Ginkgo is best used as a supplement or tincture in either powdered or liquid form. Ginkgo is also available as a tea that you can steep and stir together with raw honey – as with all new supplements, discuss things with your doctor to decide whether ginkgo could help you.
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