Is Ginkgo, really that great for you?

Is Ginkgo, really that great for you?

Dean Fountain

Is Ginkgo really that great for you?

Ginkgo has been a part of traditional Chinese medicine for centuries. The leaves were traditionally used to treat brain and circulatory problems and respiratory conditions.

Ginkgo’s antioxidant content may be the reason behind many of its health claims 

Ginkgo contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, which are compounds known for their strong antioxidant effects 

Antioxidants combat or neutralize the damaging effects of free radicals.

Free radicals are highly reactive particles that are produced in the body during normal metabolic functions, such as converting food to energy or detoxification.

Yet, they also have the potential to damage healthy tissues, contributing to accelerated aging and disease development.

Research on ginkgo’s antioxidant effects is promising. 

Inflammation is part of the body’s natural response to injury or invasion by a foreign substance.

In the inflammatory response, various components of the immune system are recruited to fight against the foreign invader or heal the injured area.

Some chronic diseases trigger an inflammatory response even when there is no illness or injury present. Over time, this excessive inflammation can cause permanent damage to the body’s tissues and DNA.

Years of animal and test-tube research shows that ginkgo extract can reduce markers of inflammation in both human and animal cells in a variety of disease states 

Some specific conditions in which ginkgo extract has shown to reduce inflammation include:

  • Arthritis
  • Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
  • Cancer
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke

While this data is encouraging, human studies are needed before drawing concrete conclusions about ginkgo’s role in treating these complex diseases.

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