Ginkgo Leaf Extract has a pretty interesting history. The ginkgo tree is the oldest living tree in the world and the only surviving member of the ginkgo family. Because of this the tree is referred to as a ‘living fossil’. It supposedly has been around since the time of the dinosaurs, and one tree in China is about 3,500 years old. The tree species is native to Southeast Asia, but was brought over to the US in 1784. Some meanings behind the word ginkgo, “silver apricot”, and biloba, two-lobed”, which comes from a Japanese origin. The seed of the ginkgo is used for food, especially soup, the wood is used for religious furniture, and the leaves and nuts are used for medicine. The Chinese and Japanese use ginkgo in their Buddhist practices and have planted it around shrines and temples. Asian cultures also use ginkgo frequently in their gardens and often plant it after an important life event. Over the years Ginkgo Leaf Extract has been used for many things in the medical area. It has been used as an herb to help with memory improvement and increase the blood flow rate in capillaries and arteries. It has even been proven to fix some forms of erectile dysfunction. It is used to treat or help with so many different problems it would take a couple of pages to explain all them. The leaves of the tree can be toxic if large doses are eaten. The fruits are generally grown on the female trees and animals don’t tend to eat them like some fruit trees. They can cause skin disorders, mucous membrane irritations, and can cause intracranial hemorrhages. The ginkgo likes to thrive in soil pH around 3.7-7.0. It has a dichotomous venation and tends to be seen in cities lining the streets.
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