Gingko Biloba Extract
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gingko biloba extract
1) English name: ginkgo leaves P. E.
2) Latin name: ginkgo biloba L.
a) Ginkgo flavones: > 24%
b) Total terpene lactones: > 6%
Functions and applications:
The medical benefits of gingko biloba extract (GBE) rely on the proper balance of two groups of active components; the gingko flavone glycosides and the terpene lactones. The 24% ginkgo flavone glycoside designation on GBE labels indicates the carefully measured balance of bioflavonoids. These bioflavonoids are primarily responsible for GBE's antioxidant activity and ability to inhibit platelet aggregation (stickiness) . These two actions may help GBE prevent circulatory diseases, such as atherosclerosis and support the brain and central nervous system. The unique terpene lactone components found in GBE, known as ginkgolides and bilobalide, increase circulation to the brain and other parts of the body as well as exert a protective effect on nerve cells. Ginkgolides may improve circulation and inhibit platelet-activating factor (PAF) . Bilobalide protects the cells of the nervous system. Recent animal studies indicate that bilobalide may help regenerate damaged nerve cells.