Ginkgo Biloba Help Protect DNA from Radioactive Damage & Much More

Ginkgo biloba is known as a living fossil because no living relative to this oldest living plant is available. It resembles to a species that dates back to about 270 million years. Ginkgo biloba existence has made it possible for human beings to survive conditions that would otherwise kill or shorten the life span.

Protects against radioactive damage
This plant is known to prevent the damage caused by the radioactive compounds at any time. Published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, patients suffering from Grave’s disease when given radioiodine therapy - that may cause chromosomal damage - have been found to benefit after receiving ginkgo biloba which reduced damage to their DNA.

Improve brain power using ginkgo biloba
If you want to keep your brain healthy and alert, use this herb to enhance your mood, memory and alertness. It helps to reduce mental fatigue and increase energy. It increases the circulation to the brain and helps in increasing brain power. Another research at the UCLA Brain Research Institute (USA) that verbal recall improved in a test group who had memory difficulties related to age after taking ginkgo biloba. This herbal remedy is said to improve memory problems related to aging such as Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, etc. 

In other studies in France, published in the Journal of Gerontology, showed that an extract from ginkgo - extract EGb 761 - seemed to help cognitive skills to be maintained longer with people who suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Vascular disease or intermittent claudication
Vascular diseases refer to the diseases of the blood vessels other than brain and heart. Blood vessels that carry blood to the legs, arms and other parts of the body narrow down. This causes decreased supply of blood flow to the legs and arm and cause difficulty in walking and standing. As ginkgo offers protection to brain by increasing the supply of blood, in the same way it is a useful remedy for intermittent claudication (impairment in walking, or pain, discomfort or tiredness in the legs that occurs during walking and is relieved by rest) as it helps to increase blood flow and helps oxygen to reach evenly to all parts of the body.

It also helps in enhancing mitochondrial respiration and slows down the aging process by reducing oxidative stress. This mitochondrial respiration takes place in all the cells including liver cells, endothelial cells, heart cells and blood platelets.

Research has shown that ginkgo leaves consists of two important chemicals- flavonoids and termenoids. Both these chemicals present in ginkgo leaves act as anti-oxidants which help to repair the damaged cells in our body. Free radicals created in our body due to oxidative stress are removed by the anti-oxidants. Flavonoids present in ginkgo help in dilating the smallest capillaries of the circulatory system and help to increase circulation of the blood and supply of oxygen to the body cells.

Ginkgo constituents inhibit platelet activity factors, which is an allergen in the body. Stress, and poor diet stimulate the production of PAF and enhance blood clotting. Platelets start aggregating and can lead to formation of clots inside blood capillaries leading to heart attack and stroke. Ginkgo acts similar to aspirin and helps in thinning of the blood, thus leading the blood to flow freely inside the smallest blood capillaries thereby preventing heart diseases.

Tinnitus is a symptom of nerve damage and some other blood vessel disorders. There is a perception of ringing and buzzing sound in the ears even if no external sound is present. In 1986, Christopher Hobbs proved the effectiveness of Ginkgo as a tinnitus treatment.  Ringing disappeared in thirty-five percent of the patients tested, with a distinct improvement in seventy days.  When 350 other patients with hearing loss and tinnitus with advanced age were treated with ginkgo extract, the success rate for improved hearing and tinnitus was eighty-two percent.

Relief from asthma
Asthma is a respirator disease that causes wheezing and difficult breathing. In china, ginkgo has been used for a very long time for the treatment of asthma. A trail was conducted in Belgium, ten children with severe asthma were given ginkgo and six out of them were found to improve dramatically within the first three or four days.

Glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration
Regular consumption of ginkgo biloba helps to improve eyesight and protect eyes from serious problems. The flavonoids present in ginkgo helps to thin blood. Blood flow in the retinal capillaries increases and slow down retinal deterioration.