“Do you have anything for memory?”
Right behind a request for supplements for better sleep, this may be the most frequent question I am asked. The question has no age boundaries, either; adults in any age group find from time to time that they are just not thinking as clearly or recalling information as they would like. It really is not surprising to me that this issue is on the rise; in our time of great technology, we are never “unplugged”. We have constant information at our disposal without time to really process that information. The stress that our culture experiences lend itself to a rise of quicker aging processes and diseases that can decrease our ability to think or remember clearly.
With oxidation and aging quicker from stress, we often experience a lack of circulation throughout the body and recognize it by the fatigue and “foggy” thinking that can come with it. Increasing circulation throughout the body, particularly to the brain, is key in helping to increase cognitive function. Gingko Biloba has been found to have compounds that can do just that.
The Gingko tree is an ancient tree, but it has only been in the last several decades that the compounds in the Ginkgo leaf have been found to have significant effects on circulation. Since this discovery, Gingko has become one of the most studied medicinal herbs in the world.
What have these studies discovered? Gingko can relax blood vessels to enhance blood flow to the brain and extremities. This action can help improve concerns caused by decreased blood flow such as memory loss, lessened cognitive function, ringing in the ears, dizziness, some cases of erectile dysfunction, and hypertension. Gingko also strengthens capillaries, helping with easy bruising.
Gingko also has the added benefit of anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-aggregation properties; making it useful in helping to prevent cardiovascular diseases and free radical damage. Free radical damage has been indicated in dementia and Alzheimer’s.
While using the whole herb for medicinal purposes is recommended for the benefits of utilizing cofactors in the plant, studies have shown that that is not the case in Gingko. Concentration, standardization (meaning the doses are kept consistent), and consistency are key with this herb. The extracts of the Ginkgo leaf have been found to be the most beneficial and using standardized extracts consistently for at least 2 to 3 months is when the most health benefits have been recognized. Also, due to its blood-thinning properties, Gingko Biloba should be used with caution when taking blood thinners.
As always, we here at The Health Patch are happy to help you find the most beneficial supplements for you.
Health and Blessings,
Kim Anderson, ND
Randy Lee, BSE, MS, ND, is the Owner of The Health Patch, 1024 S. Douglas Blvd, MWC, 73130. Call us at (405) 736-1030, and visit our website at www.thehealthpatch.com.