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Yes folks, Ginkgo biloba does help mental clarity in most people. It doesn’t work the same for everyone though; one thing that we must keep in mind is that everyone’s body is different. What works for one may not for another, as is the case with many herbs.

The history of the Ginkgo biloba tree is very interesting. Considered to be the oldest living tree, surviving for thousands of years, it is has been termed as a living fossil. The Ginkgo tree was the only tree that survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima and it is still alive today. They have been known to live well over an average of 1000 years. The Ginkgo biloba tree is resistant to all kinds of pollution, viruses and fungi and as a result has been planted extensively throughout Asia and later in Europe. The tree is used in landscaping most recently wherever its gentle fern like leaf is appreciated. It is also planted today in monasteries in the Orient by monks and looked after dutifully. Many cities line their highways and streets with this versatile tree.

Gingko biloba has been researched extensively in Europe and the U.S. and the results are astonishing. In her book Miracle Cures, Jean Carper refers to Ginkgo as “a potent brain medicine that can save your failing memory, if you take it early enough. Don’t wait until it’s too late.” The fact is the herb is useful for many other ailments as well. Ginkgo biloba is an antioxidant and is effective in reducing blood cell clumping; it improves circulation and enables the red blood cell to carry more oxygen. The improved circulation of the blood has led to many symptoms being reduced, such as; Tinnitus (ringing in the ear), macular degeneration, reduces the frequency of asthma attacks, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, mild depression, migraines, neuropathy, memory, vertigo and male impotence where the underlying cause is impaired blood circulation. In persons recovering from blood clots of the heart arteries Ginkgo has been found to lower blood pressure and dilate peripheral blood vessels. After the Chernobyl nuclear accident workers and children in that area were given Ginkgo biloba and the herb stopped further chromosomal damage from the radiation. The human body is a marvelous creation and can function well without disease if it is given the proper nutrition. The nutrition has to be able to get to all parts of the body including the brain; Ginkgo biloba is one of the most important herbs to help accomplish this.

According to the German Commission E (the equivalent to the FDA in the U.S.) the recommended dosage of Ginkgo is 120 mg per day of a standardized extract containing 24% Flavoglycosides. In treating Alzheimer’s patients the dosage was increased to 240 mg per day, with improved attention span and memory in only three months. As with any herb it takes time to work and a person must be patient and allow the body to begin to heal. It is not recommended to take aspirin with Ginkgo as both can thin the blood. Consult your physician if you are taking any prescription drugs. Ginkgo has no known side effects.

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