The health benefits of Ginkgo Biloba have been analyzed by scientists and medical practitioners for a long time. Ginkgo biloba is a natural herb that has a long history in Chinese medicine.
Ginkgo Biloba comes from the ginkgo tree that grows in the Zhejiang region of Eastern China. The tree has a history that dates back to over 200 million years.
Western herbal medicine typically uses the leaves, either cut or whole, to make ginkgo biloba tea infusions.
Ginkgo biloba tea contains several key flavonoids found in the infused leaf. Among these are: quercetin, kaempferol, and isorhamnetine. Ginkgo biloba tea also contains sufficient amounts of glycosides, non-flavonoid terpenes, carotenoids, and ginkolides A, B and C.
This herb has supposedly helped many people with their memory and cognitive thought processes.
The following are ginkgo biloba tea’s more well-known health benefits:
- Stimulates blood and peripheral arterial circulation.
- Reduces lethargy and improves sense of well-being.
- May help improve the memory.
- Its used to treat hearing disorders like tinnitus.
- May improve disturbed equilibrium.
- May help improve mental alertness.
- May be used as supplement for Alzheimer’s disease.
Some interesting information about Ginkgo Biloba, did you know that:
- Its one of the oldest living tree species and has been commonly referred to as a “living fossil”. A single tree of ginkgo can live for up to one millennium. It had been particularly prominent throughout much of the world during the Cretaceous period which is about 150 million years ago.
- Its highly idenfied with China as the tree is native to this country. Most of these trees can be found in two provinces of China, namely Guizhou and Anhui. The Anhui province is also particularly known for two other types of tea: Keemun Tea, a type of black tea; and Flowering Tea, which is a crafted tea composed of green tea leaves and fragrant blossoms.
- Its widely used in China and in many parts of the world as a memory enhancer and a blood circulation booster. These functions are thought to be related to each other as the herb is said to help boost brain function by increasing the blood flow to the brain, thus nourishing the brain cells. These characteristics are quite similar to those exhibited by other herbal brews like ginseng tea and gotu kola tea which are likewise native to Asia.
- Recent studies have yielded results that showed ginkgo biloba may be used to treat some forms of depression that are not responsive to anti-depressant agents. Ginkgo biloba is said to be able to enhance the re-uptake of serotonin at receptor sites. Serotonin is one of the key chemicals involved in regulating the mood. The amino acid tryptophan plays a very important role in the production of serotonin in the body.
- Antioxidants in this tea help fight the damages wrought by free radicals which are viewed as the source of many of today’s debilitating diseases. Antioxidants in this herb include terpenoids (bilobalides and ginkgolides) and flavonoid glycosides.