Ginko Biloba is a popular Chinese herb with numerous reported health benefits. As an herb, it is often classified as an adaptogen, which means that it is an herb that benefits the body overall, particularly in managing stress and rejuvenating the brain. Gingko is a source of antioxidants and improves circulation throughout the body. Antioxidants fight free radicals that can cause heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s and dementia. This product is a water-soluble, standardized extract of the leaves containing just under 25% flavinoids and just over 6% terpinoids. Gingko is most widely used by those seeking memory enhancement and energy but has been used for other purposes too. In China, the cleaned seeds are roasted and eaten. Raw seeds are surrounded by a flesh that can cause itching, so gloves should be worn when handling them. As a plant specimen, gingko is distinguished by its fan-shaped leaves. It is a dioecious species, meaning that plants are either male or female and cannot pollinate themselves. Gingko is also an important symbol of Buddhism and Confucianism and was historically cultivated in Japanese temple gardens. Its cold hardiness and disease and pest resistance has helped ginko become one of the oldest living plant species. One specimen in China is believed to be 3,000 years old! Unlike many plants, it is apt for growth urban areas because of its resistance to adverse conditions. Mature trees can reach 120 feet, but gingko is also a popular plant for bonsai. We also carry organic gingko leaf.