The key benefits of ginkgo biloba

Known for its antioxidant effect and ability to support healthy blood circulation and cognitive performance, this medicinal plant is worth getting to know.

Ginkgo biloba is the sort of name that really rolls off the tongue.

One of the oldest living species of tree on earth, gingko biloba has survived for around 150 million years. Right back to the Jurassic period when dinosaurs roamed the planet.

But it’s the therapeutic properties of the gingko plant – a large tree with elegant, fan-shaped leaves – that are even more fascinating.

Ginkgo’s medicinal history

The medicinal uses of gingko can be traced back to a Chinese herbal database known as Materia Medica, written way back in about 2800BC.

Back then, history tells us, ginkgo leaves were used for brain illnesses, circulatory disorders and respiratory diseases as part of traditional Chinese medicine.

The nuts of the Gingko tree were also brought into play, traditionally used to treat coughs and fever, stop diarrhoea and heal skin diseases.

What modern science says about ginkgo

Fast forward to today and much of the research around this medicinal plant is centred around its capacity to improve cognitive performance, particularly in areas such as memory and recall.

Plus, its effects in promoting healthy blood peripheral circulation (that is to the arms, hands, legs and feet).

Here’s just a bit of what science has discovered:

Cognitive performance

A 2011 study published in the international journal Phytomedicine found ginkgo biloba had a positive effect in memory recall in middle-aged healthy volunteers.

Blood circulation

Research has also shown that ginkgo improves blood circulation around the body and in particular to the legs, hands and feet.

Antioxidant effect

Ginkgo contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, compounds known for their special antioxidant effect (i.e. ability to reduce the formation of free radicals in the body and helping decrease free radical damage to body cells).

Getting your ginkgo, the easy way

Thompson’s One-A-Day Ginkgo Biloba 6000mg provides antioxidants to help reduce free radicals in the body, as well as enhancing cognition and healthy blood circulation in those among us getting on in years.

In a convenient one-a-day dose (as the name suggests!), the Thompson’s formula is vegan and vegetarian friendly, with no artificial colours or flavours and also supports general health and wellbeing.

So you can get your ginkgo goodness easily and quickly and get on with living your best life.

* This post is brought to you by Thompson’s One-A-Day Ginkgo Biloba 6000mg. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist talk to your health professional.