Ginko Biloba Certified Extract
(Mfg Disc 08/27/13 ts)
|Ginkgo Biloba Certified Extract™
120 mg, 365 capsules
|For nearly 2800 years the Chinese have used extracts from the Ginkgo
biloba tree to treat a variety of conditions to maintain the healthy
normal function of the brain, cardiovascular, blood and blood vessels,
circulatory, and metabolic processes.26,27*
Caution: Do not take more than 120 mg a day of ginkgo. If you are taking anticoagulants or MAO inhibitors, consult your doctor before taking ginkgo. Not for use by pregnant or lactating women.
Ginkgo contains numerous antioxidants such as the proanthocyanidins and flavonoids, which counteract free-radical activity. Flavonoids are also known to strengthen capillaries, which can promote healthy blood flow to the brain, helping to maintain cognitive health.34,41-46*
People often associate ginkgo with healthy cognitive function, but a review of hundreds of published studies reveals that this flavonoid probably benefits every cell in the body. In addition to maintaining healthy arterial function47 via several well-defined mechanisms, ginkgo also functions as a platelet aggregation inhibitor.47*
Ginkgo biloba acts similar to a potent antioxidant and scavenger of most free radical species, such as hydroxyl and peroxyl radicals and superoxide anions.48 It is known to protect the energy-producing mitochondria in the cells, thus enhancing oxygen utilization and cellular respiration.48*
Life Extension’s Ginkgo Biloba Certified Extract™ contains 24% ginkgo flavone glycosides and 6% terpene lactones. In addition to what is certified to be in the product, what is not in this extract is also important. The health regulatory agency that regulates ginkgo purity in Germany mandates that it not contain more than 5 ppm of ginkgolic acid. Life Extension’s low-cost ginkgo contains less than 1 ppm of this toxic part of the ginkgo leaf.
|Ginkgo biloba extract is a potent antioxidant and scavenger of most
free radical species, such as hydroxyl and peroxyl radicals and
superoxide anions.38 It is
known to protect the energy–producing mitochondria within the cells,
thus enhancing oxygen utilization and cellular respiration.*
In a study to determine whether ginkgo extract could prevent age-associated cellular changes, the brain and liver mitochondria of old mice fed ginkgo extract in their drinking water was compared to those of young and old control mice. Mitochondria from the rats given ginkgo exhibited significantly less genetic damage, peroxide generation, and oxidation of the crucial antioxidant glutathione than the nonsupplemented rats. In addition, mitochondria from the old rats given the ginkgo extract resembled those of the young rats much more closely, being similar in size and morphology. The study concluded that standardized ginkgo extract prevents age-related decline in mitochondrial structure and function by protecting mitochondria from oxidative damage.39
The pharmaceutical grade botanical extract in Ginkgo Biloba Certified Extract™ has been concentrated and dual standardized to ensure the highest quality, consistency, and biological activity. Ginkgo Biloba Certified Extract™ contains the lowest level of ginkgolic acid available, even lower than the stringent 5 ppm German Commission E limit. Ginkgolic acid is an allergen for some people and is present in much higher levels in lower quality products.
Ginkgo Biloba Certified Extract™ has high levels of ginkgolide B (>0.8%), which is the most studied terpene lactone, and thought to be a potent inhibitor of platelet activating factor (PAF). PAF is a powerful inflammatory mediator.*
|Dosage and Use|
|Do not take more than 120 mg a day of ginkgo. If you are taking anticoagulants or MAO inhibitors, consult your doctor before taking ginkgo. Not for use by pregnant or lactating women. Ginkgolic acid is an allergen for some people and is present in much higher levels in lower quality products.*|
|There are 120 mg of this standardized ginkgo extract in each capsule
of Life Extension Super Booster. If you take the Super Booster product,
you do not need to take any additional ginkgo.