Ginkgo Biloba ~ Maidenhair

Ginkgo Biloba ~ Maidenhair

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Ginkgo biloba is a popular supplement and one of the top-selling herbal medicines. Ginkgo biloba leaves can be made in to a refreshing drink (caffeine free).
People use it for a variety of reasons.

The therapeutic properties of the ginkgo plant are said to include treatment for blood disorders and memory problems, enhancement of cardiovascular function and to improve eye health.

Gingko contains high levels of flavonoids and terpenoids, antioxidants that provide protection against oxidative cell damage from harmful free radicals. In this way, antioxidants are believed to help reduce the risk of cancer.

Japan's biggest Ginkgo tree  Kita kanegasawa aza shiomigata,  Fukaura town, Nishitsugaru country  natural monument, girth 22 m, many chichi, over 1,000 years old  photo ©  Okitsugu Kajimoto

Japan's biggest Ginkgo tree Kita kanegasawa aza shiomigata, Fukaura town, Nishitsugaru country natural monument, girth 22 m, many chichi, over 1,000 years old

photo ©  Okitsugu Kajimoto

Also known as the maidenhair tree, ginkgo is one of the oldest species of tree in the world. The trees can grow more than 130 feet tall and can live for over 1,000 years. Some trees in China are said to be over 2,500 years old.

The tree is considered to be a "living fossil", meaning that it has continued to survive even after major extinction events.1

The extract can be taken as a supplement, and the dried leaves of the plant can be used to make tea.

Amount of tea per cup: 1 heaped teaspoon.
Brewing time: 5 to 8 min.

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