Over a long period of time, ginkgo biloba has developed a well deserved reputation for its main health benefits associated with improved blood circulation in the body and especially in the brain. Many health practitioners have recognized the medicinal herbs outstanding results when it comes to improving memory and overall brain functions.
The ginkgo leaves contain chemicals (flavonoids and terpenoids) that act as important antioxidants inhibiting the damage free radicals can cause from expanding within your body and cells, something that's even more important as you age. By fighting off these particles, ginkgo biloba's effects help prevent debilitating health conditions such as heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
This herb's principal quality is its ability to increase and improve blood flow by dilating blood vessels, therefore it’s no surprise that various laboratory tests and animal studies showed that its flavonoids protect the nerves, heart muscle, blood vessels and retina from damage.
Studies about Alzheimer's disease and general dementia have shown mixed results so far when compared with placebos, although more research needs to be done in order to validate ginkgo biloba's true worth with such health problems. Up to now, it's more important to note that it does improve thinking, learning and overall cognitive functions; plus it improves social behavior while also reducing feelings of depression.