Q: Dear Dr. Mao,
Can a person of any age take ginkgo to improve brain function?
A: Yes! Ginkgo is one of the most widely studied plants. The leaf of the ginkgo tree is shaped like a human brain, and some believe this is why, in Asia, it has always had a reputation of benefiting the mental processes. Decreased memory and difficulty concentrating is largely due to decreased blood flow to the brain and loss of brain cells; ginkgo has been confirmed to boost circulation to the brain and other organs, therefore improving memory and cognitive functions.
Additionally, ginkgo is a popular longevity tonic in Asia and Europe. The best-known and most commonly available form of ginkgo is in teas and as herbal extracts; but ginkgo nut, used in the culinary traditions of Asian cultures, has therapeutic properties and is also said to strengthen lung function.
If you are interested in taking ginko, you may want to try the “Super Clarity” herbal supplement from Traditions of Tao, which nourishes the brain, heart and cardiovascular function. Of course, discuss with your physician before beginning any new health regime.