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GINGKO BILOBA Portfolio

GINKGO (Ginkgo Biloba) or the Maidenhair Tree, is one of the best known examples of a living fossil and one of the oldest living tree species.   Some living trees in temple gardens are believed to be over 1,500 years old.   It is native to China and has been found in 270 million year old fossils.  An extreme example of ginkgo's resilience can be found in Japan at Hiroshima, where six ginkgo trees gowing within two kilometers of the atomic blast site survived and although badly charred were soon healthy again.


Ginkgo is also one of the best selling herbal supplements.   Although Chinese herbal medicine has used ginkgo leaves and seeds for thousands of years, Western research has focused on extracts made from dried green leaves.  Results on whether ginkgo improves memory function, treats blood disorders and improves overall health are still inconclusive.  Ginkgo leaves contain flavinoids and terpenoids, both antioxidants,  thought to fight off free radicals known to damage DNA and other cells.

Interesting Notes

The name Biloba is derived from Latin "bis loba" or two lobed, referring to its leaf shape. 


The genus name Ginkgo is thought to be a misspelling of the Japanese word for silver apricot, "gin kyo." 



                

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