Ginkgo ( Ginkgo biloba L. )
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Ginkgo is a living fossil, the oldest living seed plant and the only living representative in the class Ginkgoopsida. Interestingly, it does not flower until 20 years old but it may retain its fertility for as long as 1000 years. The roasted ginkgo seeds are consumed in eastern Asia for their high starch content and medicinal properties.
The Ginkgo leave is highly effective for metabolic disorders in the elderly, cerebrosclerosis, insufficient cerebral blood supply and arterial circulation disorders. It has nootropic properties, enhancing the memory and concentration, and is also effective for vertigo, memory loss and mood swings. Its seeds are antibiotic, digestive and contract smooth muscle.
Ginkgo leaves are used as roborant and skin conditioner in the beauty industry. Their extract is recommended for sensitive, oil and moisture deficient, aging, pale and loose skin. The active ingredients of ginkgo leaves react with the phospholipids of the skin and in this way get absorbed directly, after which they improve the firmness of the skin and stimulate blood flow.
Gingko leaves (Gingko bilobae folium):
- Ginkgolides A, B, C: 0.04-0.15 % (diterpene lactones)
- Bilobalides: 0,02 % (sesquiterpene lactones)
- Flavonol-glycosides (rutin, isoquercitrin, kaempferol-glycoside): 0.9-1.2 %
- Biflavones (amentoflavone, bilobetin, ginkgetin, sciadopitysin): 0.3%
- Procyanidins: 10%
Ginkgo seeds (Ginkgo bilobae semen)
- Ginkgolic acid