Updated: May 7
What a wonderful tree Ginkgo biloba is! It is the most ancient species of tree still present on the surface of the Earth; it appeared 270 millions years ago and its genome seems to have remain unvaried through the millennia. It is practically, a living fossil! Additionally, Ginkgo trees appeared to be the only surviving tree in Hiroshima after the atomic disaster of 1945. Scientific investigation showed that the leaves of Ginkgo have antioxidant, radio-protective and blood-thinning properties. Studies on mammals showed that Ginkgo increases cerebral circulation boosting brain functions such as cognition, memory and focus. There is also indication that it may slow the ageing process within the mitochondria of cells by reducing oxidative stress and enhancing mitochondrial respiration. This mitochondrial anti-ageing effect is not limited to neurons, but extends to other cell lineages such as blood platelets and fibroblasts, liver cells, endothelial cells and heart cells. In conclusion, Ginkgo therefore can be a really safe and effective medicine for addressing symptoms of conditions such as ADHD, vascular dementia, and Alzheimer's disease.