What is ginkgo leaf?


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Ginkgo leaf is the leaf of an ancient tree species used in herbal medicine. According to studies conducted in Europe, ginkgo leaves open up the blood vessels and improve circulation. Its effects are best noticed in the heart, head, fingers and toes.

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What is ginkgo leaf?
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Scientists are interested in the vasodilation properties of the ginkgo leaf because an increased blood flow to the brain might improve memory and hearing and ease the symptoms of depression. Ginkgo leaf might also help people with heart disease by opening arteries narrowed by atherosclerosis and reducing blood clots.

Ginkgo has also been shown to support the action of neurotransmitters, which are chemicals that send signals between the nerve cells.

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