Revered for its beauty and its longevity, the ginkgo is a living fossil, remaining unchanged for more than 200 million years. Approximately 40 different flavonoids have been isolated, including ginkgetin, bilobetin, and sciadopitysin as well as a number of powerful terpenes such as ginkgolides and diterpenes, most importantly the ginkgolides A, B, and C have shown significant medicinal benefits in clinical studies.
Ginkgo leaf has shown beneficial effects in treating neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular diseases, stress, memory loss, tinnitus, geriatric complaints like vertigo, age-related macular degeneration, and psychiatric disorders like schizophrenia. However its most notable benefits are in its ability to improve cognitive function and memory even for those not effected by long term disorders.
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