In traditional Chinese pharmacopoeia, Ginkgo dried fruit (Yin Xing) and leaf (Yin Xing Ye) were used mainly to treat asthma and phlegm problems. In America, Ginkgo became popular after several studies demonstrated its effect on dementia (Alzheimer) and memory loss associated with arteriosclerosis.
Ginkgo is known for its vasodilator, antioxidant, neuroprotective and PAF (platelet-activating factor) inhibiting properties. Ginkgo extract promotes increased blood flow to extremities, which explains its usefulness in vascular occlusive diseases such as intermittent claudication (Raynaud’s disease). The same mechanism of action could explain its effect on memory and mental faculties. This vasodilator activity increases with age, providing an optimal action on arteriosclerosis and blood flow in elderly patients. In young patients whose arteries still have their elasticity, Ginkgo has a much smaller effect on mental faculties.
Ginkgo is a powerful antioxidant, as effective as Grape seed extract.
One in vitro study conducted at the McGill University in Montreal demonstrated the ability of a Ginkgo extract to protect neurons from the action of known neurotoxic substances. This ability has been confirmed in numerous in vitro and clinical studies.
Ginkgo inhibits PAF (platelet-activating factor), which is involved in the inflammatory aspect of asthma. This activity explains its use in traditional Chinese medicine to treat asthma as well as its action on blood coagulation (by reducing platelet aggregation, it “fluidizes” blood).
The German Commission E acknowledges its benefits in cases of:
- symptomatic treatment of organic brain syndrome and demential syndromes with the following symptoms: memory deficits, disturbances in concentration, depressive emotional condition, dizziness, tinnitus and headache ;
- improvement of pain-free walking distance in peripheral arterial occlusive disease (intermittent claudication) and in cases of vertigo and tinnitus (ringing in the ear) of vascular origin.
Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are taking medication for diabetes, high blood pressure or seizures.
Do not use if you are taking health products that affect blood coagulation (e.g. blood thinners, clotting factor replacements, acetylsalicylic acid, ibuprofen, fish oils, vitamin E) as this may increase the risk of spontaneous bleeding. If symptoms persist contact a healthcare practitioner.
Consult a healthcare practitioner prior to use if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Avoid taking in case of known allergy to any of the ingredients in the product
Do not use if safety seal is broken. Keep out of reach of children.