If you don’t know, the Ginkgo Biloba is the symbol of the city of Tokyo and incredibly six specimens of this tree resisted the radiation of Hiroshima. Are you interested in knowing more about the benefits and properties of this ornamental plant so appreciated in Japan? Keep reading!

Although already, as often happens, there are also detractors of Gongko Biloba who believe that its benefits have been overvalued. However, there are the most who claim that it is a wonderful plant with dozens of benefits, especially for people who have passed the barrier of 50 years.

Orígen del Ginko Biloba

The origin of Ginkgo Biloba dates back 250 million years and is considered almost a living fossil. The Ginkgo is believed to have been born in Chima and its name was due to an error in the translation of the Japanese name ginkyo that derives from the Chinese yin-kuo which means silver damask. Why damask? Because the shape and structure of the stone where the seeds are found are similar to this fruit. It was in 1771 that Carlo Linnaeus began to speak of this shrub in his botanical treatise. He was the one who added the term Biloba because of the shape of the leaves made up of two lobes.

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How is the Ginkgo Biloba plant?

This plant of Asian origin that blooms in the spring is cultivated especially in the USA and in Europe. The Gingko Biloba plant can reach 25 to 40 meters in height and one of the characteristics is that in autumn the leaves are stained with a very beautiful yellowish-golden color, which is why this plant is also highly appreciated as an ornamental tree. in gardens and parks in the East, Europe and North America. In certain eastern countries they are also used to make Bonsai.

It has a leafy crown that can be 10 meters wide and a branched trunk of yellowish wood. The leaves are light green deciduous about 6 to 8 centimeters long, bilobed.

The seeds of the Gingko Biloba resemble a fruit, a kind of damask, but are about 2 cm long, yellow and when ripe have a particular smell unpleasant due to the release of certain ácido.Aunque inside the The seed is subjected to roasting processes and is used to make certain foods that are highly appreciated in Asia. In Japan it is marketed as “White Walnut” or Ginnan and is used for the preparation of “Chawanmushi”, a kind of salty pudding. The fruits of this plant are toxic and very irritating.

In Asia, the Gingko Biloba wood is used to make small furniture and simple objects, although it is a fragile and not very resistant wood, that is why wood is not used for construction.

Ginkgo Biloba: properties and benefits

Attention: the information provided below is not for medical prescription, but only as information, therefore, before use, seek the advice of the general practitioner.

Ginkgo Biloba has several beneficial properties for the body, but first let’s analyze the content:

• Ginkgolides (A, B, C, J, K, M, Q, P);
• Flavonoid glycosides (kampherol, quercetin, isoramnetin, coumaric acid, catechins, proanthocyanidins);
• Flavones (apigenin, luteolin);
• Flavanols;
• Polysaccharides;
• Alcohols;
• Ketones;
• Aldehydes;
• Phenols
• Terpenes

Its benefits for the body have not been discovered recently, they were already known in ancient times, Chinese medicine provides the use of Ginkgo biloba for heart and lung diseases, but also against other minor ailments such as chilblains. It is ideal for people with a lot of activity to consume because it increases the energy in the body.

Let’s see in detail what are the properties of Ginkgo biloba:

• It is an antioxidant , it fights the harmful action of free radicals thanks to polyphenols and flavonoids;
• Improves memory and concentration, but only after 50 years, in young subjects it does not seem to have an effect

• Neuroprotective effect , anti-inflammatory, especially indicated against headache and migraine; counteracts vertigo; strengthens the capillary network, decreasing permeability and increasing the tone of the vessel wall.
• Prevents senile dementia and Alzheimer’s disease;
• Improves blood circulation , especially peripheral circulation. Helps prevent clots from forming. Therefore, it is important for people who have suffered thrombosis, strokes or who have heart problems to consume it.
• Helps control atherosclerosis and diseases of the heart and blood vessels;
it counteracts allergies by being a vasodilator of the arteries and a vasoconstrictor of the veins;
fights nervous hunger, especially herbal teas are very useful.

• Ginkgo Biloba is especially recommended against: asthma, ringing in the ears, dizziness, intermittent pain in the legs, chilblains and headaches. Studies on any positive effects on tinnitus are still ongoing.

• Also regarding intermittent claudication , a gait disorder caused primarily by peripheral arterial occlusive disease, research continues.

• Ginkgo Biloba also has positive effects on vision , helps fight glaucoma and macular degeneration that alters the retina.

• Increases sexual desire. Improves erections and increases the sensitivity of a woman’s clitoris.

• It is also used for sexual dysfunctions attributed to circulatory malfunction . It helps to recover in these cases the sexual potency to be able to achieve a complete sexual activity. It is also used to increase sexual desire in both men and women. It can also be used together with other natural substances such as Peruvian Maca to enhance the effects.

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Ginkgo biloba: use and contraindications

In the market, Ginkgo Biloba is presented in the form of an infusion, capsules, dry extracts and mother tincture. It is used the extract of the leaves that are grown in the fall and that are left to dry and then cut them and reserve them in hermetically closed containers.

In general, but each case must be evaluated by the doctor or herbalist, daily intake is expected in doses ranging from 120 to 240 mg, once or twice a day. Pause for at least a month and then you can resume if necessary. Always seek the advice of your doctor or herbalist.

The properties of Ginkgo Biloba are very popular, especially for:

• Improve brain activity and serves to stimulate memory, especially if you suffered from a neurological disease. It also helps when there are problems with inattention.

• Regulate blood circulation and various disorders related to it, from circulatory insufficiency, venous insufficiencies, osteoarthritis, arthritis, diabetes, etc.

• It can be used to fight depression. It helps a lot because it increases the energy of the person who consumes.

One of the contraindications of Gingko Bilob a is that it is consumed by pregnant or lactating women.

How to make a Ginkgo biloba herbal tea


• 1 tablespoon of satin ginkgo leaves,
• 1 cup of water

Bring the water to a boil, remove from heat and pour in the leaves. Cover and wait 10 minutes. Filter and drink on an empty stomach.

Where to buy Gingko Biloba?

Gingko Biloba can be bought in specialized stores such as Herbalists, Pharmacies or Pharmacies in the section where naturopathic products are sold.

Gonkgo Biloba can be found in different ways, dried, for infusions, in capsules, as oils, etc.

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Contraindications and side effects

Ginkgo Biloba is not a natural remedy to be underestimated , although care must be taken in certain cases such as:

• When there is consumption of antiplatelet agents, anticoagulants;
• When there is heart disease.

• When aspirin is consumed, on the other hand, it improves the following medications: nifedipine, diltiazem, digoxin, antiplatelet, papaverine, trazodone. Reduces the effect of omeprazole, thiazide, nicardipine, haloperidol, hypoglycemic insulin and oral antidiabetics.

• Avoid taking concomitant remedies based on willow or garlic, as gastric damage can occur.

• Do not take during pregnancy and lactation.

• Do not take if you suffer from epilepsy or if you are hemophiliac.

• Not recommended for those who must undergo surgery to prevent the onset of possible bleeding.

• During the ingestion period, exposure to the sun or tanning cycles by means of lamps is not recommended, since Ginkgo biloba is a photosensitizer.

Warning: the fruits and seeds are toxic and therefore should not be swallowed. The pulp of the fruit can cause contact dermatitis.

Excessive consumption of Gingko Biloba

Excessive consumption can cause side effects such as:

• Migraine;
• Gastrointestinal-neurological disorders
• Diarrhea
• Dizziness
• Stomach pain
• Restlessness
• Vomiting.

Undoubtedly, Gingko Biloba turns out to be a medicinal plant and a fascinating treasure of botany with extraordinary antioxidant, energetic, vasodilator, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties that acts by improving brain functions and memory.

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Dr. Samantha Robson ( CRN: 0510146-5) is a nutritionist and website content reviewer related to her area of ​​expertise. With a postgraduate degree in Nutrition from The University of Arizona, she is a specialist in Sports Nutrition from Oxford University and is also a member of the International Society of Sports Nutrition.

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