Ginkgo biloba, otherwise known as Maidenhair or Salisburia adiantifolia, is a plant extract that has been used for centuries in Traditional Chinese medicine to improve mental acuity and cognitive ability. In fact, research shows that the Gingko biloba plant is the oldest tree species on the planet!
I am sure many of us have wished at times for a little pill to help us mentally, perhaps during a test, or even during a game of chess. Performance enhancing drugs are nothing new. People have been using pharmaceuticals to stay alert and stave off drowsiness for ages. Case in point being Long-haul truck drivers and college students cramming for exams.
A generation ago, there was a shift from natural therapies and treatments to manmade drugs.
Doctors and medical professionals touted the healthy wonders of science, falsely leading millions of people to believe that a lifetime of health and wellness could be had through chemicals and manmade ingredients.
After just a couple decades of this reliance on manmade compounds, people began to again realize that many of the world’s most healthful components are to be found in nature, not in the laboratory.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial herbal plant that is native to South and Southeast Asia. It is a member of the ginger family, growing up to about three feet tall.
Although the entire plant is edible, turmeric has traditionally been sought after for its roots, which are boiled, dried and ground up into a powder. However, the leaves are often used to make a wrap for steamed fish and even the flowers are edible.
Turmeric grows wild in the forest lands of South and Southeast Asia but also has a long, rich history of cultivation throughout the region. For nearly 4,000 years, turmeric has been used as both a spice and for its medicinal properties.
Some cultures also use it in religious ceremonies or due to its bright yellow color, as a fabric dye. Today, India produces nearly all of the world’s turmeric crop, consuming approximately 80% of what it produces. The remainder is exported.
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