The ginkgo biloba is a tree that can measure up to 35 meters in height and it can live in some environments four thousand years. They are either female tree or male tree. Young, the ginkgo has a smooth bark then over time, it ends up cracking, even cracking, its color varies from brown to gray. The leaves consist of two lobes having a palm-like appearance without any central veins, they are deciduous and cluster in three or four on the twigs and are up to 15 cm long. The flowers (male) are also called catkins are very small in size and gather in inflorescences and are not very colorful. They bloom in spring. The female trees are the only ones to have fruits and more particularly they have ova and have the appearance of small apricots. The ova of ginkgo biloba has a fleshy part and a core containing an almond and protective membranes. Be careful, the egg or the fruit is not edible or even toxic. Only the almond can be ingested.
Cultivation of Ginkgo
Ginkgo biloba originated in the Far East, did you know that it is one of the oldest trees in the world for almost 300 million years of existence, and (it remains similar to its ancestor) long before the dinosaurs and the ice age and it even resisted the implications of the atomic bomb of Hiroshima in 45 and bloomed again in 1946, it was also the only tree to have bloomed that year. We find ginkgo nowadays in Korea, as well as in the south-east of China, in Japan, but also in France and precisely in the south, and in the United States. Ginkgo biloba is a very enduring tree capable of withstanding the greatest cold (the ice age) is very undemanding, but it is necessary that it is preferences and it is located on siliceous soils see silico-clay. It even survives in the face of pollution and urban environments.
Biloba its composition
Ginkgo biloba includes many compounds in perfect synergy located mainly in its leaves and which brings its benefits to the body. Flavonoids which are powerful antioxidants in the number of twenty and of which the best known for ginkgo is ginkgetol.
Ginkgo biloba also contains terpene lactones (to thin the blood and dilate the vessels) with ginkgolide and bilobalide, sugars, plant sterols (lipid).
Ginkgo biloba and its medicinal properties
By its components combining two terpene lactones, ginkgo biloba is a vasodilator which has the function of fighting memory-related problems, such as senility, the early stage of Alzheimer's disease, but also hemorrhoids, varicose veins and heavy legs and also Raynaud's syndrome by dilating the vessels and allowing better blood flow throughout the body.
Through its antioxidant action, ginkgo has the function of regulating the activity of dilating and contracting the venous circulation and therefore slowing down, reducing and slowing down disorders of cerebral functionality and cognitive ability and delaying the aging of the retina. This regulating effect of ginkgo biloba will reduce memory disorders including signs of inattention, concentration disturbances, confusing effects, tinnitus disturbances, dizziness, and headaches. The EC (Commission E) and WHO (World Health Organization) approve and recognize ginkgo biloba as a palliative treatment for resistant peripheral arterial disease, therefore including intermittent claudication.
It should also be noted that by its vasodilator action, ginkgo biloba is ideally used for erectile and sexual dysfunctions while improving both male and female performance.
Ginkgo biloba other uses
The ginkgo biloba is by its robustness considered to be an ornamental tree of the most resistant against the pollution of the cities and the beauty of its leaves, it is therefore frequent to see to beautify the municipalities, one also finds some under bonsai shape. Ginkgo is also integrated into the recipe for Japanese "Chawanmushj", part of the traditional cuisine of the country as well as for China assimilated like pistachios, they are served at the wedding. The ginkgo leaf is representative of the city of Tokyo.