Seasonality and Ginkgo biloba

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February 04, 2021

Halfway between a conifer and a deciduous broadleaf tree, Ginkgo biloba appeared over 270 million years ago and is one of the world’s most ancient tree species. Its unique textured foliage, two-lobed leaves, and its prehistoric fern appearance make it quite surprising. In autumn, it is covered with superb yellow tinted leaves which form a golden sheet at the foot of the tree, giving it the nickname “1000 golden coin tree” (1).

As the last representative of a prehistoric botanical genus, Ginkgo biloba has an exceptional lifespan and can live over 3000 years and is incredibly resistant to disease, parasites, pollution, frost and other environmental stress factors. (2)

Such a majestic and original tree. Today we take stock of virtues or this fascinating tree and we have lots to tell!


Nutraceutical applications of Ginkgo biloba

 

Native to China, it has been grown for thousands of years and has a wide range of uses. While its leaves and seeds are often used in traditional Chinese medicine (senility, asthma, bronchitis or kidney and bladder disorders) (3), modern research is focused primarily on the leaves of Ginkgo biloba. (4) (5) The results of scientific studies show that there are various medical applications. The leaves contain numerous active substances including flavonoids, terpenoids, lactones sesquiterpenes, ginkgolides and bilobalides. (6) Based on these compounds, Ginkgo biloba leaves have antioxidant (7) anti-inflammatory (8) properties at the origin of potential health benefits:

 

  • Improved blood circulation (9) (10) (11)
  • Reduction in psychiatric disorder symptoms (12) (13)
  • Enhanced cognitive function and well-being (14) (15)
  • Reduction in anxiety (16)
  • Decreased PMS (17)
  • Improved regaining sexual function (18)


Based on these reasons, we now find Ginkgo biloba leaves in food supplements and also in health related infusions.

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Natural Origins references

 

In order to help you formulate your Ginkgo biloba leaf-based preparations, we have developed a complete range of ingredients adapted to sought after galenic forms.

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Ginkgo biloba leaves are originally purchased in China from a partner we have collaborated with over many years. Harvested in July and August, the Ginkgo biloba leaves are then processed in our factory near Lyon to offer you a vast array of ingredients.

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Products are available in both organic or conventional grades: in powder, extract, whole leaf or infusion cut forms:

 

Powder

Extract

Whole leaf

Infusion cut forms

We also offer an Optifine product reference specially developed to improve dispersibility in liquid formulations (syrups, ampoules or smoothies)

 

We strive to continually offer you more references, and we are aware that there are increasing numbers of you who are looking for French origin products. For these reasons we are strengthening our local partnerships and we are thinking about the feasibility of developing a product range of 100% France Ginkgo biloba leaves in next coming months. Stay informed and subscribe to our blog with our newsletter

 

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Sources:

(1) https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba

(2) https://www.futura-sciences.com/planete/actualites/arbre-secrets-immortalite-ginkgo-biloba-79256/

(3) https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/ginkgo

(4) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11507743/

(5) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5758353/

(6) https://www.clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/pharmacy/sepoct02/ginkgo.htm

(7) https://www.chem.uwec.edu/Chem491_W01/Pharmacognosy%20491/flavonoid.pdf

(8) https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2527648/

(9) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18446847/

(10) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18258419/

(11) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26059355/

(12) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26268332/

(13) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/28931444/

(14) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12404671/

(15) https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/hup.2259

(16) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29168225/

(17) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19678774/

(18) https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18274887/

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