Ginkgo Leaf Powder
Botanical Name - Ginkgo biloba
Other Names - Maidenhair Tree
Origin - USA
Typical Preparations - The powdered leaf of this "living fossil" is taken as capsules, or used to make tinctures, extracts and tea blends.
Flavor Profile - Mildly sweet, but not commonly used in cooking.
Ginkgo biloba is referred to as a living fossil because it is one of the oldest and longest living species of tree in the world. The tree is native to China, where its leaf has been used in traditional medicine for centuries.
Although gingko leaf contains at least 40 known compounds, only two produce pharmacological effects—antioxidant flavonoids and terpenoids. The latter includes ginkgolides and bilobalides, which have been the subject of numerous clinical studies.
Powdered ginkgo is best taken in capsule form as a dietary supplement. Check with your physician first, however, if you take blood-thinning medications. The active compounds in the herb, collectively referred to as ginkgolides, may increase the effects of anti-platelet drugs and high blood pressure medications.
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