Ingredients: Ginkgo biloba leaf extract
- A powerful antioxidant
Ginkgo leaves contain two types of chemicals – flavonoids and terpenoids, which have potent antioxidant properties. Antioxidants are substances that scavenge free radicals – compounds in the body that damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Free radicals are believed to contribute to health problems including heart disease and cancer as well as Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. Antioxidants such as those found in ginkgo can help neutralize free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause.
- A brain herb
Ginkgo is widely touted as a “brain herb”, which has been shown to increase brain function. The brain uses about 20% of the body’s oxygen. Because ginkgo helps with brain circulation, sending oxygen to the brain more quickly and efficiently. This has many benefits, ranging from the treatment of depression to the increase of memory, reflexes, and overall mental performance. New studies have shown that it can also decrease the effects of dementia in Alzheimer’s patients, opening doors to a new treatment of that common but mysterious disease.
- Macular Degeneration
The flavonoids found in ginkgo may help stop or lessen some retinal problems – problems with the back part of the eye. Macular degeneration, often called age-related macular degeneration or ARMD, is an eye disease that affects the retina. It is a progressive, degenerative eye disease that tends to affect older adults and is one of main causes of blindness among aged.
- Intermittent Claudication
because ginkgo improves blood flow, it has been studied in people with intermittent claudication, or pain caused by reduced blood flow to the legs. People with intermittent claudication have a hard time walking without feeling extreme pain. An analysis of eight studies revealed that people talking ginkgo tend to walk about 34 meters farther than those taking placebo. In fact, ginkgo as been shown to be as effective as a prescription medication in improving pain-free walking distance.