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  • Writer's pictureTrish Beaver

Golden Ginko Biloba

As the cool weather makes itself felt, one of the trees to change colour and stand out from the others, is the amazing golden yellow of the Gingko Biloba tree. The bright yellow leaves are eye-catching, and their unusual shape indicates the magical benefits of this amazing tree. Ginkgo is a symbol of resilience, healing & longevity. It can also represent peace, hope, and vitality. Wearing ginkgo can bring stillness, contemplation, and enlightenment into your life. Ginkgo also represents strength and endurance.

It is generally known that Ginkgo biloba is rich in antioxidants and can help reduce inflammation. It may also be beneficial for heart health, brain function, and eye health. This interesting tree is not native to the UK but originally came from China where it has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. They used the leaves and seeds for their preparations, while today herbal remedies are made from an extract from the nuts and leaves.

Here are some benefits of Ginkgo Biloba:

Powerful antioxidant - It contains powerful antioxidants which fight free radicals, free radicals cause premature ageing and can cause cancer and other abnormal cells to thrive. The antioxidants come from high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids.

Anti–inflammatory - It is also believed that Gingko Biloba is great for relieving inflammation, inflammation occurs when the body fights off a substance it sees as invasive. Allergies cause inflammation and over-processed foods also cause inflammation. Gingko Biloba has been used as a complementary medicine to treat arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cancer, heart disease and stroke.

Improves circulation - It improves circulation and heart health. The Chinese believe the use of Gingko Biloba seeds improved the various energy channels (meridians) in the body resulting in better circulation and heart health. Greater circulation and the dilation of blood vessels have meant it can be useful for a variety of conditions.

Brain health benefits - An organ that requires good circulation is the brain, and Gingko Biloba is thought to help decrease the effects of dementia.

In younger people, Gingko Biloba is thought to help their brains by helping them to focus, retain memories and improve their attention span. This may have something to do with the general benefit of increased circulation in the brain. In modern supplements for focus and stress, you will often find Gingko Biloba in the ingredients

Anti-stress and anxiety remedy - It is used to ease anxiety and stress and is thought to delay cognitive decline. It has also been tested for its efficacy in treating depression. Some people with depression who wanted a natural remedy were studied and dosed with Gingko Biloba and their symptoms were relieved after using Gingko Biloba for eight weeks.

Headache and migraine relief - People who suffer from migraines and headaches have used Gingko Biloba to help reduce the severity and occurrence of headaches. The benefit is thought to be from the anti-oxidative effect of Gingko Biloba and the additional effect of improving blood vessel dilation.

If you are planning to supplement your diet with Gingko Biloba make sure you are aware of any contra-indications with any medicines you may be taking. If you happen to admire a beautiful tree with golden yellow leaves while you are out and about – check and see if it is the mighty Gingko Biloba tree that originates from one of the most ancient trees on our earth.


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