The Supplement Spotlight focuses on taking an in-depth look at a supplement that you’ve probably heard of but might not know a lot about. As always, we’re focused on empowering you in your life to make good decisions and to understand what it is you’re putting in your body. Knowledge is power, after all. This week, we’re looking at Gingko Biloba.
- Where do I find it?
- Originally from the Gingko tree in East Asia
- WellPath personalized vitamin mix
- What is it?
- Herbal remedy and supplement that has historically been taken to cure a host of diseases in the body
- Used in both its leaf and gingko seed form
- What does it do?
- Increases blood flow throughout the body, aiding your brain’s access to oxygen
- Improves memory function, attention span and cognitive ability
- Reduces blood pressure levels
Gingko biloba, also known as the maidenhair tree, is the only living species of its kind. It originated in Eastern Asia and has been found in fossils dating back 270 million years. In Chinese medicine, it has been used as an herbal remedy to cure a series of diseases, including high blood pressure and heart disease. Often utilized in alternative medicine, gingko biloba plays a critical role in increasing blood flow throughout the body, which allows your brain to have more access to oxygen. Not only are its seeds a source of food within Chinese culture, but gingko biloba also serves to improve your memory and cognitive processes. Researchers have also found that gingko biloba can boost your mood and has been theorized to alleviate symptoms of anxiety.
While gingko biloba has many health advantages as a supplement, it should be used in moderation. The leaves can be crushed to drink in tea, but one should only take gingko biloba occasionally. For individuals with blood circulation problems or on anticoagulants, gingko biloba may pose possible health risks. Gingko biloba is most recommended for those who are in a healthy state and are looking for a boost to enhance their body’s peak performance and assist their cognitive function.
Tiffany Chang is a writer on the Path Editorial Team. She is currently pursuing a double major in Marketing and Economics at Villanova University. In her free time, she enjoys learning about eco-sustainability and trying her hand at the next trendy green smoothie recipe.