What is Ginkgo? Technically, the anti aging agent is called extract of ginkgo biloba (EGb). Ginkgo is the name of a two hundred million year old large ornamental tree that still thrives in temperate climates throughout the world, including the United States.
Its leaves the medicinal part are divided into two lobes, hence the name biloba. It takes about fifty pounds of dried leaves to make one pound of ginkgo biloba extract that is then used as a liquid or capsule, or is pressed into tablets.
Ginkgo’s best known aging cure, as reported in prestigious scientific journals, is its ability to improve blood circulation. This is critical to the elderly whose blood a vessels are typically old, inflexible and clogged.
Apparently, ginkgo encourages blood to squeeze through even the tiniest, narrowed vessels to nourish oxygen starved tissue in the brain, heart and limbs, often restoring memory and wiping away muscle pain, among other things.
More than three hundred scientific papers have been published on ginkgo, many confirming that ginkgo stimulates blood flow feeding oxygen to tissues, most likely by dilating blood vessels and discouraging blood platelets from sticking together and forming clots.
Furthermore, ginkgo delivers healing oxygen and blood not only to the healthy areas of the brain, but specifically to disease damaged areas, actually bringing new life to an aging brain. Another source of ginkgo’s power: It is a potent antioxidant.
A recent test showed ginkgo even stronger than vitamin E in scavenging free radicals, thus blocking highly destructive oxidation of fatty cell membranes. Dr. K. Drieu of the Pasteur Institute in France attributes ginkgo’s effect mainly to “a restoration of membrane integrity” following free radical attacks.
In remarkable new animal studies, Dr. Drieu also finds that ginkgo can actually rejuvenate brain cells’ ability to receive signals from neurotransmitters that direct brain functions. For example, ginkgo dramatically restored specific receptor sites on brain cells, increasing transmission of an all important brain chemical, serotonin, that had been lost during aging.
This is another thrilling way ginkgo may reverse aging’s toll on the brain.
Ginkgo has earned a reputation for improving the quality of life for the elderly in Europe, and should be a part of the plan for anyone who hopes to live to a ripe and healthy old age.