Promote brain health with Swanson Ginkgo Biloba! Extracts of Ginkgo biloba leaves have long been used to support memory and mental sharpness. Our Ginkgo extract is standardized to contain 24% flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones for guaranteed potency in each capsule.
The Ginkgo Biloba is a remarkable feat of nature. Also known as the Maidenhair tree for its resemblance to the popular fern, it is actually the oldest living tree species on earth. On average each tree lives to around 1,000 years but the oldest documented tree survived for an incredible over 3,500 years.
It seems fitting then that this ancient and noble tree that has seen so much of our society grow up around it should be most keenly associated with knowledge and understanding. Legend has it that one of the original reasons why the Chinese were so in awe of the Ginkgo Biloba tree was that Confucius himself used to sit under one as he gave lessons.
Reaching an extraordinary 120 feet tall, these trees aren't actually as sacrosanct as you might imagine. Rather, they are notoriously hardy and can now be seen lining the streets of many American cul de sacs, outliving all their close neighbours. They offer up fan shaped leaves which turn to brilliant autumnal colours through to the winter.
While the fruit of the Gingko Biloba tree is notoriously odorous, it is their leaves that offer up all their benefits. Often described as a living fossil because it has been essentially unchanged for more than 200 million years, it is completely unique in its particular genus of plants. Swanson Ginkgo Biloba is the product of an evolutionarily perfect creature.
When Engelbert Kaempfer first brought the Ginkgo Biloba tree over to Western shores from Southern Japan in 1692, he had no idea what an incredible important holistic medicine he had unleashed on the world.
Oddly enough, when it did first appear, Ginkgo Biloba originally harvested its seeds. Nowadays modern research has turned to the leaves for their higher nutritional value. Swanson Ginkgo Biloba has been widely touted as the 'brain herb' and with good reason too.
Incredibly, scientists have identified over 40 biochemical compounds in the tree but only two of them serve us great use. Flavonoids and terpenoids. Swanson Ginkgo Biloba is standardized to 24% flavonoid glycosides and 6% terpenoid lactones. It is through these powerful antioxidants that Swanson Ginkgo Biloba gives us its incredible healing power.
Flavonoids are plant-based antioxidants. Studies show that flavonoids help to protect the nerves, heart muscle, retina and blood vessels from oxidative stress and damage. Terpenoids help to reduce the effects of hypertension by acting as a vasodilator, improving blood flow and reducing the stickiness of platelets.
It may be known as the 'brain herb' but really, the limits of Swanson Ginkgo Biloba have just begun to be discovered.